RAIN did not dampen the spirits of those attending Yanchep’s annual Anzac Day dawn service and parade.
The early morning service at Yanchep Sports and Social Club attracted about 500 people, about the same number as last year’s centenary event.
The crowd grew to at least 800 people for the parade at the war memorial in Yanchep National Park, which was led by TS Marmion Royal Australian Navy cadets and nearly 40 veterans and ex-service members.
They were followed by representatives from Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue Group, Yanchep Fire and Rescue, Australian Red Cross, Yanchep and Districts Country Women’s Association, Yanchep Districts Junior Football Club and Two Rocks Yanchep Emergency Scouts.
Dignitaries including Pearce MHR Christian Porter, Butler MLA John Quigley and City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts laid wreaths at the memorial.
Yanchep Two Rocks RSL sub-branch president Rolly Sweet said it was an important tradition.
“It’s a chance for veterans and ex-servicemen to get together and the people who attend give them a fair bit of applause,” he said.
“The main point is to show our respect.”