Cold morning no deterrent
ON a chilly and still Anzac Day morning, members of the Yarloop community awaited sunrise and the Dawn Service to pay their respects to servicemen and women throughout Australia’s history.
Just before 6am, the veterans’ march began with members of the 10th Light Horse Bunbury Troop leading the column and horse Harry bearing the traditional empty saddle with boots reversed in the stirrups, representing the fallen.
Veterans and members of the Yarloop Bushfire Brigade remained standing in column in front of the memorial as the catafalque party of sailors from the HMAS Stirling formed up around the obelisk.
Yarloop Bushfire Brigade secretary and treasurer Stephen Cook welcome the nearly 400-strong crowd to the service.
Trent Atherton from Harvey Senior High School read with Mr Cook a poem by Humbert Wolfe, The Soldier.
Yarloop students read the roll of local servicemen and women with the bell rung for each soldier who did not return home.
Yarloop’s oldest veteran Harry Blackburn recited the Ode to Remembrance and Ken Topperwein, formerly a Yarloop resident and Bushfire Brigade member returned for the ceremony and played the Last Post and Reveille.
After the ceremony, the community gathered for the gunfire breakfast with sausages from the Bushfire brigade and coffee and muffins from the Rockingham Photography Club.
Harvey Senior High School students Trent Atherton, 12, Rebecca Wood, 17 and Montana Morris, 9, takes part in the service reading the roll call of Yarloop servicemen and women.
Bunbury 10th Light Horse Troop members Mick Hayter, of Bunbury, with horse Harry bearing the empty saddle, Daniel McDonald, of Bunbury, riding Banjo, Harry Ball, of Uduc, riding Bluey and Brian Bevans, of Uduc, on Lucky.
Bugler Ken Topperwein, from the Yarloop Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, plays the Reveille as the catafalque party stands to attention.
St Joseph Primary School students Amelia Cook, 10, and Georgina Williams, 9, ring the bell in memory of servicemen who did not return home from conflicts.