Award for City of Joondalup’s Anzac Day Dawn Service

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The City of Joondalup has won the Western Australian Local Government Association/RSL WA’s Anzac Day Award for its 2018 Dawn Service.

About 8,000 people attended this year’s ceremony at Joondalup War Memorial on Wednesday, 25 April one of the biggest ceremonies of its kind in Perth.

The Anzac Day Award recognises the City for its role in promoting awareness of Australia’s wartime heritage as well as facilitating community involvement in commemorative events.

Hosted in conjunction with Joondalup City RSL, the 2018 service marked the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli landing and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux in northern France and featured a keynote address from Sergeant Nathen Webb, Delta Company, 16th Battalion, Royal Western Australian Regiment. Singer Maera Paki providing stirring renditions of the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems and a spectacular RAAF fly-past added to the sense of occasion.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said City was immensely proud of its Dawn Service which has developed a reputation as a poignant, professional and respectful service, that is very well attended by people from around the northern corridor of Perth.

“Our City prides itself on delivering a ceremony that is engaging and acknowledges the sacrifices of our servicemen and women in a respectful and fitting manner,” he said.

“What was again pleasing to see was the large number of children in attendance at the 2018 service, ensuring the legacy of those who landed on the shores of Gallipoli, and those servicemen and women who have since followed, will live on for future generations.”

WALGA President Cr Lynne Craigie said Local Government had an important role in commemorating Anzac Day and in keeping the ‘Anzac spirit’ alive across communities in WA. she said.