THE City of Joondalup has been recognised for its Anzac Day dawn service.
It won the WA Local Government Association/RSL WA’s Anzac Day Award for this year’s service at the Joondalup War Memorial attended by about 8000 people – one of the biggest ceremonies of its kind in Perth.
The award recognises the City for its role in promoting awareness of Australia’s wartime heritage as well as facilitating community involvement in commemorative events.
Hosted in conjunction with Joondalup City RSL, the 2018 service marked the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux in northern France.
It featured guest speaker Sergeant Nathen Webb, Delta Company, 16th Battalion, Royal WA Regiment, renditions of the Australian and NZ national anthems by Maera Paki and a RAAF fly-past.
“Our City prides itself on delivering a ceremony that is engaging and acknowledges the sacrifices of our servicemen and women in a respectful and fitting manner,” Mayor Albert Jacob said.
“What was again pleasing to see was the large number of children in attendance at the 2018 service, ensuring the legacy of those who landed on the shores of Gallipoli, and those servicemen and women who have since followed, will live on for future generations.”
WALGA president Lynne Craigie said local government had an important role in commemorating Anzac Day and in keeping the Anzac spirit alive across communities in WA.