Sign of respect
Organisers said more than 2000 people attended the later event, where veterans marched with TS Marmion Australian Naval Cadets, Yanchep Police, Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue Group, Yanchep Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Two Rocks Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Red Cross, CWA, Two Rocks Yanchep Emergency Scouts and Yanchep Redhawks Junior Football Club.
In his speech, sub-branch president Rolly Sweet talked about the Australian and New Zealand troops that landed at Gallipoli 102 years ago.
“Militarily, the operation was a failure,” he said.
“But we now consider that the Gallipoli campaign was the first time that men from all states of Australia had lived, fought and died as Australians; previously actions we took part in were on a state by state basis.
“It forged the Anzac spirit and helped define what it means to be Australian. It was also the basis of our strong relationship with New Zealand, which persists to this day.”
He said by 1919, Australians had fought in many other battles and every family in the country had been affected.
“We are here to express our gratitude and give thanks for the sacrifices made by all our service men and women from that war and all the conflicts since,” he said. “They served so valiantly to give us the life and freedoms we enjoy today.”