MORE than 100 years on from the first Anzac Day Cockburn will stop to remember Australia’s fallen in two special ceremonies on April 25.
On top of the traditional dawn service, Cockburn RSL will also hold an Anzac parade that will wind from their Hamilton Hill sub-branch to the City of Cockburn War Memorial where a second, commemorative service will be held mid-morning.
Cockburn RSL ceremonial advisor Arthur Stanton, who served between 1956 and 1965, said Anzac Day would always hold a special place in his heart.
“Anzac Day is very important to me, it has always been that way even as a child,” he said.
“My grandfather was a World War I veteran who was wounded in action in France.
“He wore a steel frame on his leg as a result of the war wound and some said he was always grumpy, but I think he had a right to be.
“In my eyes he was always to be admired.”
Mr Stanton said it was more important than ever to ensure the next generation understood the sacrifices and stories of servicemen and women past and present.
“We must never forget those that are still serving and still dying in the many ongoing wars and conflicts and we must always acknowledge, with thanks, all that that have served in the defence of our great nation,” he said.
“Events like Cockburn RSL’s annual Anzac Youth Parade and service certainly are very important to help keep the Anzac tradition alive.
“The students of today have embraced these Anzac services, not only at the youth Parade but at their own school services.
“It is the youth of today that are our leaders and service men and women of the future.”
He said those who couldn’t make the early dawn service were welcome to pay their respects at the mid-morning ceremony.
“We encourage all members of the community to participate in the parade, or to line the streets and applaud our veterans and other marchers,” he said.
“Just call out and say ‘thanks mate’, for without their service the community of today would not be living in the peace that we have today.
“Members of the public are also invited to lay a wreaths or flowers during the wreath laying ceremony at one or both services.”
Cockburn’s Anzac Day dawn service will begin at 5.30am, April 25 at the City of Cockburn War Memorial, Hamilton Hill.
The parade will step off from Frederick Road at 10am with the commemoration service at the war memorial to follow from 10.25am.