Southern Telegraph - - News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Thou­sands gath­ered in Rock­ing­ham on An­zac Day to pay their re­spects to those who served and gave the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for their coun­try.

More than 20,000 peo­ple gath­ered on the Vil­lage Green near the ceno­taph in Rock­ing­ham for a dawn ser­vice, while there was also a strong turnout at the Port Kennedy dawn ser­vice at Me­mo­rial Park.

Gun­fire break­fasts fol­lowed across Rock­ing­ham and lo­cal RSLs, be­fore a street march and pa­rade be­gan at 10.30am in front of Churchill Park.

Hun­dreds of Aus­tralian De­fence Force mem­bers, veter­ans and other com­mu­nity groups took part in the march that fin­ished back on the Vil­lage Green, where a ser­vice was held in front of the ceno­taph.

Dur­ing the ser­vice the legacy of the An­zacs was re­mem­bered, with dig­ni­taries and mem­bers of the public hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to lay a wreath dur­ing the ser­vice.

Ma­jor Lyn­don Jack­son, who was the mas­ter of cer­e­monies in Rock­ing­ham, said the ser­vices were very suc­cess­ful, with a num­ber of peo­ple moved by the emo­tion of the day.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity to stop and just re­mem­ber those peo­ple who have gone be­fore us,” Ma­jor Jack­son said.

An im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice was capped off by a fly­over from two Hawk 127 lead-in fight­ers.

Pic­tures: Ai­den Boy­ham

Royal Aus­tralian Navy per­son­nel took part in the march on An­zac Day.

South Met­ro­pol­i­tan MLC Aaron Stone­house and City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels lay wreaths.

Mem­bers of the Mil­i­tary Broth­er­hood Mil­i­tary Mo­tor Cy­cle Club took part in the An­zac Pa­rade on Wednesday.

The Aus­tralian flag flies high over the Vil­lage Green in Rock­ing­ham.

Ser­vice per­son­nel pay their re­spects to the An­zacs dur­ing Wednesday morn­ing’s ser­vice.

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