LEST WE FORGET
Whitsunday residents to commemorate ANZAC Day
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.
World War I was from 20142018.
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.