Whit­sun­day res­i­dents to com­mem­o­rate AN­ZAC Day

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ALL around the re­gion, Whit­sun­day res­i­dents are pre­par­ing to hon­our those who have served and con­tinue to serve in the na­tion’s armed forces.

To­mor­row, Fri­day, April 25, is the 99th an­niver­sary of the land­ing at Gal­lipoli, which started the AN­ZAC Day tra­di­tion in Aus­tralia.

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Since the first con­voy of ser­vice­men left the shores of Al­bany in 1914, al­most two mil­lion men and women have worn the uni­forms of the Royal Aus­tralian Navy, Aus­tralian Army and Royal Aus­tralian Air Force, with pride.

AN­ZAC Day is a day to re­mem­ber their com­mit­ment and sac­ri­fices.

IF LAST year’s turnout is any in­di­ca­tion, record crowds can be ex­pected to at­tend this year’s dawn ser­vice and main march in Cannonvale and Air­lie Beach.

Air­lie Beach / Whit­sun­day RSL subbranch pres­i­dent Terry Brown pre­dicted strong num­bers for both events de­spite the pos­si­bil­ity of a bit of rain.

Mr Brown at­trib­uted the in­creased pop­u­lar­ity of AN­ZAC Day to a mil­i­tary pro­file en­hanced in re­cent years by in­creased Aus­tralian in­volve­ment in over­seas con­flicts and bor­der pro­tec­tion.

“All three ser­vices are every­where and people re­ally get be­hind that,” he said.

“They can iden­tify with their mil­i­tary and they sup­port them how­ever they can.”

With al­most 100 years now passed since the land­ing at Gal­lipoli, Mr Brown said the AN­ZAC tra­di­tion was now stronger than ever in schools, many of whom were plan­ning trips to the area in the next 12 months.

He said the em­pha­sis on fam­ily his­tory had in­creased as well.

“More and more people are re­search­ing their fam­ily his­tory and ev­ery­one’s got some­one who was in the forces some­where.”

This year’s dawn ser­vice will take place at the Cannonvale Ceno­taph at 5.30am. Ser­vice­men and women and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity will then be able to at­tend Gun­fire break­fasts at ei­ther Banjo’s or the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel.

Those tak­ing part in the main march are asked to as­sem­ble in the Broad­wa­ter Av­enue carpark at 8.15am. The pa­rade will start at 8.45am, cul­mi­nat­ing in the main ser­vice at the Rock of Re­mem­brance on the Air­lie Es­planade at 9am.

At 8.50am Townsville’s 38 Squadron King Air pi­lots are sched­uled to do a fly-by over the Air­lie main street.

The Reef Gate­way will be open for lunch from 11.30am fol­lowed by games of ‘Two-Up’ from 1-3.30pm. Kids meals will be free of charge and live en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by White Rock, Un­der­cover and Pete Bek.

Pete Bek will also be per­form­ing at Banjo’s.

PAY­ING RE­SPECTS: An im­por­tant part of AN­ZAC Day are the main marches and of­fi­cial ser­vices in Proser­pine, Cannonvale and Air­lie Beach.

ON PA­RADE: The Air­lie Beach AN­ZAC Day pa­rade de­parts Broad­wa­ter Av­enue at 8.45am.

RECORD CROWD: Air­lie Beach/Whit­sun­day RSL sub-branch vice pres­i­dent Bill Rose and pres­i­dent Terry Brown (far right) ad­dressed a record crowd of more than 1000 people at the Cannonvale dawn ser­vice on AN­ZAC Day last year. Sim­i­lar num­bers are ex­pected at the dawn ser­vice to­mor­row.

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