Commemoration services across the Mid West to honour veterans this Anzac Day

Phoebe PinMidwest Times
DFES volunteer Terry DeBoide at the Anzac Day service in Kalbarri.
Camera IconDFES volunteer Terry DeBoide at the Anzac Day service in Kalbarri. Credit: Lisa Favazzo/The Geraldton Guardian

Residents across the Mid West will gather on Monday to show their appreciation for Australia’s servicemen and women, with organisers now placing the finishing touches on Anzac Day plans.

Many communities have had to scrap or scale back Anzac Day commemorations for the last two years because of COVID, but RSL sub-branches have confirmed services will proceed as planned in the wake of eased restrictions and falling daily caseloads.

Some events were also hampered by cyclone Seroja last year, but locals in places like Kalbarri, Northampton and Perenjori took a break from cleaning up the wreckage from the storm to pay tribute to Australia’s war veterans.

Kalbarri’s service also sparked controversy when Australian Defence Force members — who had been assisting in the cyclone recovery— were banned from marching in the town’s Anzac Day parade over a uniform issue.

This year, commemorations across the Mid West will include traditional dawn services, veteran marches, wreath-laying ceremonies, and hearty gunfire breakfasts for guests to enjoy.

RSLWA has also partnered with Triple M to provide a live broadcast of the dawn service for those unable to attend events in-person.

The service will go to air on 98.1fm from 5.55am.

BREAKOUT

Anzac Day services across the Mid West

Geraldton — Dawn service at Birdwood House from 6am, followed by a march and wreath-laying ceremony at 10.40am.

Carnarvon — Dawn service from 5.50am at the Carnarvon Cenotaph, followed by a gunfire breakfast

Northampton — Dawn service at 5.45am at Northampton’s war memorial, followed by gunfire breakfast. A morning service will follow at 11am.

Kalbarri — Dawn service at Kalbarri war memorial, time TBC.

Dongara — Dawn service at 5.45am at Memorial Park. A second service will start at 10.45am, with refreshments to follow.

Dandaragan — Morning service at 8am at Pioneer Park, followed by community breakfast.

Morawa — Morning service at 10.45am at the Prater Street war memorial.

Mullewa — Breakfast at 7.30am at Mullewa Recreation Centre, followed by an 11am service at Memorial Park.

Perenjori — Morning service from 8.30am at Perenjori’s war memorial. Breakfast to follow at The Village Green from 9.30am.

Meekatharra — Dawn service from 6am at Paddy’s Float, with refreshments to follow.

Exmouth — Dawn service at Exmouth Cenotaph from 6am.

Shark Bay — Dawn service at 5.45am at Denham’s Pioneer Park. March and memorial service to follow at 10.30am.

Sandstone — Morning service at 11am at Philip Lefroy Park, followed by refreshments.

Jurien Bay — Service at Federation Memorial Park from 10.45am.

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