An­zac crowds a

Wanneroo Weekender - - Anzac Day 2017 - Lucy Jarvis

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple at­tended An­zac Day ser­vices in Quinns Rocks and Yanchep on Tues­day, com­mem­o­rat­ing ser­vice men and women.

The Dawn Ser­vice hosted by Quinns Rocks RSL drew about 3000 peo­ple to pay re­spects to Aus­tralian and New Zealand troops.

Pres­i­dent Peter Lof­dahl said the sub-branch had re­ceived a New Zealand flag, flown on the day, from the High Com­mis­sioner and in­vited peo­ple to take pho­tos with it to send back to the coun­try.

The ser­vice in­cluded na­tional an­thems from both coun­tries as well as hymns, read­ings and wreath lay­ing.

Mr Lof­dahl praised the younger peo­ple at­tend­ing and tak­ing part in the ser­vice at Quinns Rocks Sports Club.

“It never ceases to amaze me the amount of young chil­dren that are part of the choir and are here by the time I get here,” he said.

In his speech, Mr Lof­dahl re­flected on the role of horses and camels in World War I, in­clud­ing Wan­neroo’s 10th Light Horse Bri­gade.

He said Aus­tralians fought with the light horse brigades over the next four years, while camels were used as beasts of bur­den to carry am­mu­ni­tion, wa­ter and other sup­plies, as well as serv­ing as am­bu­lances to trans­port in­jured sol­diers.

Yanchep Two Rocks RSL held a Dawn Ser­vice at Yanchep Sports and So­cial Club, then a march and ser­vice at the War Me­mo­rial in Yanchep Na­tional Park.

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