A large gathering of people of all ages attended the Dawn Service at the Armadale War Memorial yesterday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Australian involvement in battles on the Western Front in Europe.
“We are here to honour the memory of the gallant men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to their country,” Armadale RSL sub-branch president Ken Hepburn said.
Mr Hepburn said the Anzac spirit comprised courage, commitment, endurance, selflessness and mateship. He said it existed in all Australians and should be used to face personal and national challenges.
“Let us strive to be worthy of the memory of those we honour today,” Mr Hepburn said.
He said all veterans should hold their heads up high.
“You have served your country well,” he said.
“To the families and friends of departed comrades, remember they gave their lives so that you could survive.
“To the young, remember that this world is being passed into your hands. Use it well and remember without the sacrifices of the Anzacs, you may not have a world such as you know it is today.”
An overnight vigil at the memorial had been held by members of local scouts, army cadets and police cadet units.
A contingent of Royal Australian Navy submariners from HMAS Stirling led the parade along Jull Street.