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anzac day 2019

“Although the war had ended, it was a long time before many Australian troops and nurses would return home.

During this time of limbo, the AIF implemented education programs for personnel to train in peacetime occupation skills. Other personnel, however, took advantage of the situation and decided to travel around France and Britain.

The opportunity to see more of the world was one of the original incentives for enlisting to serve in the first place. Some personnel even went on to serve in Russia, joining the British force fighting the Bolshevik’s while some light horse units helped suppress an Egyptian nationalist revolt in 1919. Many of those who returned back home to Australia were never the same.

Many were restless and found it difficult to settle down or figure out what now to do with their lives.

Early in war, it was clear that those returning back home would require great support, along with the families of those who would never return. As a result, the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) was founded in 1916 by returning soldiers. There was also a strong sense of national pride in what Australian’s had achieved during the war. Many towns began to build memorials to Australian service personnel, with 60 completed before 1918.

Today, there are approximately 2,000 war memorials across the nation.”

Please consider attending a local service on Anzac Day. You can find your local service below.

BAKERS HILL

APRIL 25

10.45am – service held at the memorial in Hooper Park

BELLEVUE

APRIL 24

5.15pm – Sunset Service & Wreath Laying, Blackboy Hill Commemorative Site, Greenmount.

Parking: reserved parking at Greenmount Primary School, ACROD and wheelchair friendly. Dawn service has traffic management. Public parking at Fraser Reserve.

APRIL 25

6.00am – Dawn Service & Wreath Laying, Blackboy Hill Commemorative Site. 6.45am – Light refreshments available. 8.30am – ANZAC Day memorial service, Midland Railway Workshops Peace Memorial. 9.20am – Morning tea available. 12.10pm – Parade assemble at Helen Street Hall. 12.15pm – Parade march off. 12.30pm – ANZAC Day Service, Bellevue RSL Hall, 2 Purton Place, Bellevue. At completion of service, a light lunch is provided and liquid refreshments are available. Two-up is played outdoors.

Parking: Available adjacent to and opposite the RSL Sub-Branch and in car park opposite the Midland Workshops Peace Memorial.

BULLSBROOK & DISTRICTS RSL

APRIL 25

5.45am –  street match Cantata Ave to Hurd Rd to RSL Hall, 6 Hurd Road in Bullsbrook, 6.00am dawn service, 6.30am gunfire breakfast

Parking: local school, surrounding streets, rear carpark, RSL Hall.

ELLENBROOK

APRIL 25

5.55am –  Assemble, Ellenbrook District Open Space, corner Bordeaux Lane and Maffina Parade, Ellenbrook. 6.00am – March on. 6.05am – Dawn service. 7am – Gunfire Breakfast.

LANCELIN

APRIL 25

5.45am – Dawn Service at Harold Park, Gingin Road, march to Endeavour Tavern followed by gunfire breakfast for $15 or $25 (including free flow beer).

NORTHAM

APRIL 24

6pm – Sunset Service at Northam Memorial Hall, Fitzgerald St.

APRIL 25

6am – dawn service at Northam Memorial Hall, 6.30am – gunfire breakfast at hall, 10.20am – parade form up off Grey Street, 11am – service at hall.

QUINNS ROCKS

APRIL 25

5.45am – Arrival, Quinns Rocks Sports & Social Club, Tapping Way, Quinns Rocks. 6.00am – Dawn Service. 7.00am – Gunfire Breakfast.

Parking available at Quinns Rocks Sports & Social Club, Tapping Way, Quinns Rocks and at Gumblossom Community Centre, Gumblossom Way, Quinns Rocks.

TOODYAY

APRIL 25

5.45am – Dawn Service, Toodyay War Memorial, ANZAC Avenue, Toodyay. On completion – Gunfire Breakfast, Clifton Street, Toodyay. 10.30am – Parade form up on Stirling Terrace, outside Memorial Hall. 11.00am – Main Service, Toodyay War Memorial. 12.00pm – Drinks/Refreshments at Toodyay Club.

War Memorial is wheelchair friendly. Entrance off Clinton Street. Parking available outside IGA and then walk 3 minutes over railway line to Memorial.

WANNEROO

APRIL 25

5.45am – Dawn Service, City of Wanneroo Memorial Park, Civic Drive, Wanneroo. 7.00am – March. On Completion – Gunfire Breakfast.

Parking only for Veterans wearing medals and ACROD at Memorial Car Park. Other parking available at Wanneroo Central Shopping Centre and Wanneroo Civic Chambers.

YANCHEP

APRIL 25

5.30am – Dawn service at Yanchep Sports and Social Club, 81 Yanchep Beach Road, Gunfire Breakfast afterwards, 11.30am – Commemoration Service, RSL Memorial Garden in front of Yanchep Inn, Yanchep National Park.

YORK

April 25

5.45am – Gather at Mt Brown Lookout. 6.00am – Service. 7.00am – Breakfast at RSL Hall, Avon Terrace. 10.30am – Form up, RSL Hall. 10.45am – March off. 10.58am – Arrive at War Memorial. 11.00am – Ceremony commences. 12.00pm – Ceremony concludes. 12.30pm – Lunch and refreshments, RSL Hall.