Pay respects in person on Anzac Day

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High school musician Jonah Golds playing the last post on the bugle on his driveway last Anzac Day.
Camera IconHigh school musician Jonah Golds playing the last post on the bugle on his driveway last Anzac Day. Credit: Jackson Barrett/South Western Times/Jackson Barrett

April 25 marks a day of remembrance as people across the country come together to commemorate the Anzacs and all those who have served and sacrificed, but last year’s ceremonies looked a little different.

For the first time since World War II there was no traditional dawn service or mid-morning march.

Instead, South West residents took to the end of their driveways or balconies and played the Last Post or tuned in to Canberra’s live broadcast of the Australian War Memorial dawn service from home, while others decorated their gardens with poppies to show respect.

Even to this day there are some of our young service people still putting their lives on the line for their country and it’s very important we do pay the respect to them.

John Gelmi

The easing of coronavirus restrictions means community members can pay their respects in person this year as Anzac Day dawn and morning services take place across the region.

Bunbury Returned and Services League president John Gelmi said it was great to be able to host an Anzac service this year even if numbers were limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Even to this day there are some of our young service people still putting their lives on the line for their country and it’s very important we do pay the respect to them,” he said.

“And to the oldies who are still around to this day, from the Second World War, Korea and Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, to the men and women that are serving to this day still — we need to show our respect to them for their service.

“I hope those that can’t attend or get a ticket commemorate in the same way as last year with their driveway services.

“I think it turned out very well last year, a lot of people in the streets got together and that’s important.”

Mr Gelmi said it was important those interested in attending registered for a ticket via Eventbrite and allowed for extra time to check in on SafeWA.

Bunbury RSL president John Gelmi.
Camera IconBunbury RSL president John Gelmi. Credit: Jackson Barrett/South Western Times, Jackson Barrett

Find your nearest service:

Bunbury

Dawn Service, 6am, Anzac Park.

Morning Service, 11am, Anzac Park.

Both will be limited to 2500 people and require a free ticketed registration via Eventbrite and will be live streamed via City of Bunbury Facebook page.

Community members are welcome to lay a wreath between 7am to 9am on the day.

Harvey

Dawn Service, 5.45am, Harvey War Memorial.

Main Service, 10.40am, Harvey War Memorial.

March, 10am assembly for 10.20am start, Partons IGA.

Capel

Dawn Service, 6am, Peppermint Grove Beach.

Gunfire breakfast, 7am to 8.30am, Peppermint Grove Beach Community Centre.

March, 10.30am assembly for 10.45am start, adjacent Capel Post Office.

Morning Service, 11am, Capel RSL Hall.

Dardanup

7am - 1pm, Dardanup Hall

Donnybrook

Dawn Service, 6am, Donnybrook War Memorial

March, 10am, Ayers Gardens

Collie

Dawn Service, 5.40am, Soldiers Park.

Morning Service, 11am, Soldiers Park.

March, 10.30am assembly for 10.45am start, Coles car park.

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