A CROWD in excess of 7000 attended the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Joondalup’s Central Park War Memorial.
Hosted by the City of Joondalup in conjunction with Joondalup City RSL, the service marked the 102nd anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp landing on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard and other dignitaries – including Nic Trandos, on behalf of all Freemen of the City, and Federal Member for Moore Ian Goodenough – laid wreathes of remembrance, while Indian Blue Chorus sang the Australian and New Zealand national anthems and bugler Chris Holden sounded the Reveille and Last Post.
For the second consecutive year an RAAF fly-past was part of proceedings and David Singer, who served in the Australian Army in Afghanistan, provided a well-received keynote address.
Mr Pickard said the Joondalup Dawn Service had grown to become the biggest in the northern corridor, attracting many people from outside of the City.
“The resurgence in numbers commemorating Anzac Day over the past few years in Joondalup is welcome demonstration of the broad community appreciation, young and old alike, for the sacrifices made by servicemen and women,” he said.
Ocean Reef remembrance well attended
MORE than 3500 people commemorated Anzac Day at the Ocean Reef war memorial.
Joondalup City RSL hosted the Dawn Service, which featured songs sung by the North Woodvale Primary School choir and a speech delivered by Vietnam War veteran Kevin Emberson.
After the service, the club was busy serving more than 900 breakfasts to hungry attendees.
Club secretary Ken Beven said the event attracted a good mix of people.
“It was a glorious morning, though a bit cold,” he said.
“The speeches were great (and) things went well.”