Crowds to hon­our An­zacs

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Gareth McKnight

Thou­sands of peo­ple in Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana will pay their re­spects to the brave ser­vice­men and women who paid the ul­ti­mate price in safe­guard­ing our free­dom, as Aus­tralia ob­serves An­zac Day to­day.

This year marks the 100th year since the end of World War I.

In Rock­ing­ham, a dawn ser­vice will be held at 5.55am on the Vil­lage Green, with a gun­fire break­fast to fol­low at 6.30am at Rock­ing­ham PCYC.

The street march and pa­rade will take place from 10.30am, with the An­zac ser­vice at 11am.

A dawn ser­vice will be held at 5.45am at Me­mo­rial Park in Port Kennedy, with a gun­fire break­fast af­ter­wards.

In Kwinana, a dawn ser­vice will be hosted at the war me­mo­rial on Pace Road in Me­d­ina at 5.50am fol­lowed by break­fast at 6.20am, a pa­rade at 10.20am and the main ser­vice at 10.50am.

Ma­jor Lyn­don Jack­son, who is the master of cer­e­monies in Rock­ing­ham, said it was a sig­nif­i­cant day.

“Crowds have been on a re­mark­able in­crease ev­ery year — last year we had 22,500 here,” he said.

“The ex­pec­ta­tion is that we will go close to the same, if not more.

“Rock­ing­ham’s An­zac Day ser­vice has be­come the sec­ond­biggest ser­vice in WA af­ter King’s Park — it is a re­mark­able feat for Rock­ing­ham.”

Rock­ing­ham RSL vice-pres­i­dent Mark Wel­don, who served in the army for 20 years, is or­gan­is­ing the Rock­ing­ham event for the third year. “We have the navy in­volved this year, who will be march­ing along with the City of Rock­ing­ham pipe band,” he said.

“It is one of the big­gest days on the cal­en­dar for Rock­ing­ham RSL and we are ex­pect­ing 400 and more af­ter the dawn ser­vice.

“It is about re­mem­ber­ing those who have fallen and re­spect­ing all those that have served be­fore us.”

Korean war veteran Theo BusheJones, who lives in Waikiki, will be in at­ten­dance in Rock­ing­ham this year. “My fa­ther and two un­cles all died from war causes,” he said.

“It is an im­por­tant day for ev­ery­one in Aus­tralia. I find that more school­child­ren know about it than did 20 years ago.

“It has be­come a big thing with young­sters — they are very ap­pre­cia­tive and re­spect­ful.

“I hope ev­ery­one en­joys them­selves and treats the day with re­spect.”

Pic­ture: Richard Polden

Ma­jor Lyn­don Jack­son, Korean War veteran Theo Bushe-Jones and Rock­ing­ham RSL vice-pres­i­dent Mark Wel­don pre­pare for An­zac Day in Rock­ing­ham.

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