Haka to be part of Quinns Rocks RSL Anzac Day service for first time

Haka to be part of Quinns Rocks RSL Anzac Day service for first time

A MAORI haka will form part of the Quinns Rocks RSL Anzac Day service for the first time this year.

President Peter Lofdahl said the annual Dawn Service, which already includes the New Zealand anthem led by a Maori choir, would feature a haka for the first time as well.

“When you say ‘the haka’, most people think of the rugby and New Zealanders threatening you,” he said.

“There are a number of types of haka and this one is a welcome one.

“This is the fourth year of the Spirit of Anzacs that we are including some of our New Zealand friends; they served in Gallipoli with the Australians.”

A haka was performed in front of the memorial at Kings Park last year.

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Haka For Life, who organised the 2017 performance, will team up with Aboriginal dancers this Anzac Day.

At the Quinns Rock service, a bugler and the combined schools choir will also perform, commemorating those who served during World War I and in all the conflicts since then.

“It reminds everybody of the sacrifices that members of the defence force have made,” Mr Lofdahl said.

The Clarkson resident spent two years in the Royal Australian Signal Corps after being drafted as a national serviceman when he was 20 years old in 1967.

“Out of that two years, 13 months was spent in Vietnam; I came out in 1969,” he said.

“I believed in what we were doing at that stage, that Australia should be up there; unfortunately that all proved wrong.

“I enjoyed doing my job and I served with a lot of good people all the way through.”

Mr Lofdahl said he had trouble settling back into civilian life after the Vietnam War but his brother, who also served in that war, helped him learn to cope.

He said the role of RSL sub-branches was to support veterans, including those returning from recent service, and the families of those who served in the defence forces.

Veteran Wally Harmer will be this year’s Dawn Service speaker and an RAAF fly past is planned during the service.

Parking is available at Quinns Rocks Sports Club and Gumblossom Community Centre.

ANZAC DAY
What: Dawn Service
Who: Quinns Rocks RSL
Where: Quinns Rocks Sports Club, Tapping Way
When: 5.45am Dawn service, 7am gunfire breakfast, 2pm Two up

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