Wanneroo RSL to host first Anzac Day Dawn Service

Wanneroo RSL president Jack Le Cras. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d468055
Wanneroo RSL president Jack Le Cras. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d468055

WANNEROO RSL will host its first Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Wanneroo War Memorial next week.

President Jack Le Cras said the sub-branch used to hold a dawn service at the Joondalup War Memorial when it was called Wanneroo/Joondalup RSL.

However in 2016, both it and Ocean Reef RSL realigned their names to represent local council areas, becoming Wanneroo RSL and Joondalup City RSL respectively.

“Wanneroo RSL still wished to be involved in a dawn service,” Mr Le Cras said.

“After discussions with the City of Wanneroo, where it was stated there had not been a dawn service at the existing memorial, arrangements were made for a 2017 inaugural dawn service, followed by a short march with a closing ceremony.”

Mr Le Cras said the service, which includes a RAAF fly-past, would start at 6am on April 25 and finish by 8.30am, allowing veterans to also attend the Perth City March. Reverend John Miles will be the official chaplain at the service and guest speakers are Brigadier Phil White and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.

“At 0700, there will be a march led by the Challenge Brass Band through Sinagra Street into Civic Parade where the salute will be taken by Brigadier White and the mayor,” Mr Le Cras said. “The parade will reassemble in Memorial Park carpark for a closing address by Mrs Roberts.”

Wanneroo Lions will serve a gunfire breakfast from 6.30am for gold coins.

Veterans wearing medals and ACROD permit holders can park in the memorial carpark from 5am, with public parking at the Wanneroo Central carpark.

Mr Le Cras said Wanneroo Scouts would mount an overnight vigil at the Memorial from 6pm on April 24.

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