Growing youth turnout for Anzacs ‘heartening’

A record 10,000 people attended the dawn service at Central Park.
Growing youth turnout for Anzacs ‘heartening’
A record 10,000 people attended the dawn service at Central Park.

�It is heartening to see the increasing number of people, especially our younger generations attending these dawn services and the Anzac Day march,� he said.

He told the 10,000-strong crowd at the Wanneroo-Joondalup RSL and City of Joondalup joint service that he had joined the air force when he was 25 as an airborne electronics analyst, operating on the P-3 Orion aircraft based at RAAF base Edinburgh in South Australia.

�During this time I have deployed to the Middle East three times, flying over Afghanistan and Iraq, assisting coalition ground troops and naval operations.

�I have also been involved in many search and rescues around the world, including the search for MH370 off the coast of WA.

�Today I serve at RAAF base Pearce, co-ordinating and facilitating base operations. My role allows me the opportunity to support the military movements of our three Services, and the various armed forces from around the world.

�On each deployment what stands out is Australia�s professionalism, expertise, and strong desire to show the world that we are good at what we do and we are a nation that wants the best for all people.

�I have been involved in these efforts and I am proud to announce that I am Australian when working with foreign forces and I wear the Australian flag on my uniform with pride.�

He said the centenary of the Gallipoli landings was a special day when �we remember all those, whether Service personnel or civilians, of every nation, who suffered or continue to suffer through war�.

Paula Parore performed renditions of the New Zealand and Australian anthems, while Rev John Myles blessed the Central Park Lone Pine tree.