Thousands remember Anzacs at North Beach service


The dawn service at Charles Riley Memorial Reserve.
The dawn service at Charles Riley Memorial Reserve.

Federal Member for Stirling MHR Michael Keenan, Deputy Premier Liza Harvey, Carine MP Tony Krsticevic and City of Stirling councillors and representatives from local clubs and schools laid wreaths and paid their respects.

Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson opened with an Anzac song, ‘And the band played Waltzing Matilda’, before the ceremony. The Sing Australia choir performed songs and hymns throughout the service.

North Beach RSL vice-president David Singer, who served with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment in Afghanistan, gave a heartfelt Anzac Day address.

Mr Singer said 2016 marked 100 years since the World War I Western Front battles, the most significant battleground of the War.

“It stretched 750km from the Belgian coast to the Swiss border and it also saw some of the deadliest battles in Australian military history,” he said.

“All up, 46,000 lost their lives on the Western Front but this number is always changing because so many who were killed were never identified or given a grave.”

Mr Singer said blood was shed and sacrifices were made so the crowd could stand today as “free citizens of the luckiest country on earth”.

Bugler David Cusworth sounded Last Post to a sombre crowd to commemorate those lost.

The 704 Squadron RAAF Cadets and the veterans marched and the Reverend Marie Aitken said a prayer of remembrance.