Large crowd packs Geraldton streets for Anzac dawn service
A large crowd gathered in Geraldton this morning for a solemn Anzac Day dawn service, 101 years after World War I ended.
Hundreds of people packed Chapman Road to watch the parade of former and serving personnel and their representatives make its way to Birdwood House.
Geraldton City RSL Sub-Branch president Steve Butler opened proceedings before Australian Defence Force chaplain Garry Hamersley delivered an opening prayer.
The laying of wreaths followed, with Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn, Ian Blayney MLA, and Geraldton City RSL vice president Ken Morris among those who paid their respects.
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Sergeant Jason Hoare of the Australian Army Reserve Pilbara Regiment recited the Ode of Remembrance.
Bugler Joshua Duff played the Last Post, which was followed by a minute of silence and the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Butler thanked the crowd for “turning out in such large numbers and keeping the Anzac spirit alive”.
The main Geraldton Anzac service will be held at Birdwood House at 11am today and is expected to attract a large crowd.
The City of Greater Geraldton advised the following roads will be closed until 1pm: Foreshore Drive from Cathedral Avenue to Forrest Street; Forrest Street from Foreshore Drive to Anzac Terrace; Durlacher Street from Foreshore Drive to Marine Terrace; and, Marine Terrace from Durlacher Street to Chapman Road.
Lot 601 carpark on Foreshore Drive will also be closed from 9.30am to 12pm. Vehicles parked prior to 9.30am will not be able to exit the carpark until 12pm nor have any access to the entry of the carpark. This is to facilitate the Anzac Parade on Foreshore drive.
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