The Island’s schoolchildren may be too young to understand war, but teacher Jenny Priemus said many of them had relatives involved in conflicts.
“The kids just understand the peace that’s come from war and how lucky we are to live in a country where we don’t have the same situations that other countries have,” Mrs Priemus, who is attending her 7th Dawn Service on the Island, said.
“The little ones don’t understand it (the service) but the silence, the stillness… they love the whole thing.”
Parents have organised storytelling and Anzac biscuit baking near the Rottnest Island Bakery from 10am on Anzac Day.
Early-morning ferry services – Rottnest Fast Ferries from Hillarys (4.45am) and Rottnest Express (4.30am from Northport and 4.45am from B Shed) – will get people to the Island’s Dawn Service on the grassed area.
Boats are cleared from Thomson Bay to give people an uninterrupted view of the sun rising over the water.
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