Thousands rise early for Anzac Day 2018 services in northern suburbs

Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Anzac Day march. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Anzac Day march. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Anzac Day march. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Anzac Day march. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Anzac Day march. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058
Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Dawn Service. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Anzac Day march. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Anzac Day march. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Anzac Day march. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Anzac Day march. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058 Wanneroo RSL Anzac Day march. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058

THOUSANDS of people turned out to Anzac Day services across the northern suburbs today.
Several Dawn Services were held by RSL sub-branches in Joondalup, Wanneroo, Ocean Reef, Quinns Rocks and Yanchep.
There were also gunfire breakfasts after most services and marches in Wanneroo and Yanchep National Park.

The Wanneroo RSL Anzac Day march. Picture: Martin Kennealey d482058

More than 7500 people broke into spontaneous applause at the end of the City of Joondalup and Joondalup City RSL service in Central Park.

Anzac Day 2018: Big crowd again for dawn service In City of Joondalup’s Central Park. With Joondalup City RSL Sub-branch.More on the service: bit.ly/2qTL9eCVietnam veteran’s view: bit.ly/2KaLba0Idea for dawn service at Kingsley: bit.ly/2qTofmR

Posted by Joondalup-Wanneroo Times/Weekender on Tuesday, 24 April 2018

They had listened to Afghanistan veteran Sergeant Nathan Webb speak, Maera Paki sing the NZ and Australian anthems and Major Ash Cogdon thank them for attending.

City of Joondalup Dawn Service. Picture: Stewart Allen
City of Joondalup Dawn Service. Picture: Stewart Allen
City of Joondalup Dawn Service. Picture: Stewart Allen
City of Joondalup Dawn Service. Picture: Stewart Allen
City of Joondalup Dawn Service. Picture: Stewart Allen
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob laying a wreath at the Dawn Service. Picture: Stewart Allen
New Zealanders Tui Lasike, Kelly Thompson, Taal McMaster and Calen Lasike (7, in front) wearing medals from East Timor to Afghanistan. Picture: Stewart Allen
Levon Preston (19, of Landsdale) with his grand father’s WW2 medals. Picture: Stewart Allen

Quinns Rocks RSL president Peter Lofdahl said it was a time to remember and honour past troops.
“It’s a reminder that we should also look at today’s members of the (defence) force for they are carrying on the spirit of Anzac and they are doing a damn good job,” he said.
Les Coromandel from the Merriwa ward of the Church of Latter Day Saints spoke about the Maori involvement in World War I before members of the church sang and performed a welcome haka.

Quinns Rocks RSL Anzac Day Dawn Service.Read more: https://bit.ly/2HOi6TB

Posted by North Coast Times/Weekender on Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Guest speaker and ex-serviceman Kenan Huseini talked about the Kokoda Track campaign in World War II.

Quinns Rocks RSL Dawn Service.
Quinns Rocks RSL Dawn Service.
Ex-serviceman Kenan Huseini was guest speaker at the Quinns Rocks RSL Dawn Service.
Les Coromandel from the Merriwa ward of the Church of Latter Day Saints talked about Maori involvement in World War I at the Quinns Rocks RSL Dawn Service.
A Maori welcome haka at the Quinns Rocks RSL Dawn Service.

UPDATE, 2.15pm: Later in the morning, people gathered in yanchep National Park for the Yanchep Two Rocks RSL’s annual service and parade.

The Yanchep Two Rocks RSL Anzac Day parade in Yanchep National Park.Read more: https://bit.ly/2Ho5r6d

Posted by North Coast Times/Weekender on Tuesday, 24 April 2018

President Bill Jones said Anzac Day was never an occasion to celebrate because war was not something to be celebrated.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts acknowledged the contributions of animals, including the 10th Light Horse Brigade stationed in Wanneroo during World War II, to wars Australia had been involved in.

Mrs Roberts also talked about people from the area who had served in the armed forces, including 23 men who enlisted during World War I when Wanneroo’s population was only 300 people.

Yanchep Two Rocks RSL president Bill Jones.
Yanchep Two Rocks RSL wreath layer.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter laid a wreath at the Yanchep service.
Bulter MLA John Quigley lays wreaths with his daughters.
Yanchep Two Rocks RSL Anzac Day parade.
Yanchep Two Rocks RSL Anzac Day parade.