The Geraldton Returned Service League officially acknowledged the dead and aged soldiers of the 1915-16 Gallipoli Campaign and all deceased, retired and serving military personnel during today’s Anzac Day dawn service.
A 5.35am march began at the Chapman Road and Durlacher Street intersection, led by returned service personnel and representatives of returned service personnel.
Geraldton RSL sub-branch president Steve Butler said the marchers were welcomed at Birdwood House by an estimated crowd of 5500 people at Birdwood House.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor and Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney both laid wreaths at the monument in front of Birdwood House, along with representatives from Legacy, Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club, the Pilbara Regiment, Girl Guides Geraldton, Geraldton Abrolhos Girl Guides and Order of Australia recipient Roy Mundine.
In a nod to tradition, the Ode of Remembrance was read to the silent crowd and attendees paused for a minute after The Last Post was performed on a bugle.
The Geraldton Guardian attended the Dawn Service and asked people who had braved the chilly morning why it was so important to them to keep the ANZAC spirit alive.
Readers can still attend the main service, which begins at 11:25am at Birdwood House.
The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service provides free and confidential counselling and support for current and former ADF members and their families. They can be reached 24/7 on 1800 011 046 or visit the VVCS website for more information.