Bunbury’s RSL sub-branch president is hopeful this year’s Anzac Day commemorations will attract a big crowd as services return to running in full for the first time since 2019. Throughout the morning of April 25, the Bunbury RSL sub-branch will be hosting a number of Anzac Day services to commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, as well as the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. The day will begin with a Dawn Service at the Anzac Park War Memorial at Stirling Street from 6am, with those wanting to participate in the march to the memorial encouraged to assemble at the RSL sub-branch at 5.45am. Several hours later, the main Anzac Day service will return to the Graham Bricknell Music Shell for the first time in a number of years. Those participating in the parade will fall in at the Bunbury RSL sub-branch at 10.30am and march to the Music Shell before the service commences from 11am. Bunbury RSL sub-branch president John Gelmi said having the morning service return to the Graham Bricknell Music Shell would allow a bigger crowd to gather for the service, along with allowing students to assemble and take part in the parade. “When we were at Anzac Park it was too difficult, there was nowhere to put the students and we’ve got most of the schools coming back to our normal service,” he said. “It’s absolutely wonderful to have Anzac Day services go back to normal this year. “The only thing we’re not sure of after the COVID business is whether the crowds will turn up. “It could have an affect on attendances but we’re hoping that people will come out and support and turn up for the services. “I would like to see service people turn up and it would be great to see a good crowd of locals and of course the young ones turn up on Anzac Day and have it go back to where we were before. “We’ve had really good services before and COVID mucked us around a bit so let’s just hope we can get over that and go back to some normality.” Both the dawn service and the morning service will also be live-streamed via Lomax Media, allowing people to commemorate the day if they are unable to attend in person. A further service will also be held at the Rathmines War Memorial at 8:30am. While the services will be standard in nature, this year will acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War and 70 years since the Korean War armistice. This year will also mark 100 years since Legacy was established to provide support to widows and children of deceased or injured servicemen.