Lest We Forget – Thousands expected at City’s Anzac Day service

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17 April 2018

Thousands of people are expected to attend the City of Joondalup’s 2018 Anzac Day Dawn Service at Joondalup War Memorial in Central Park, Joondalup on Wednesday, April 25.

Hosted in conjunction with Joondalup City RSL, this moving annual service is one of the biggest ceremonies of its kind in the Perth metropolitan area.

On the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, the service will honour the many servicemen and women who fought for their country in WWI and in subsequent theatres of war.

April 25, 2018, also marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux in northern France during which Australian brigades played an important role in ridding the town of German soldiers – three years to the day of the Anzac landing. This battle resulted in significant Australian casualties.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the citizens of Australia and New Zealand would not have the freedoms they enjoy today if not for the sacrifices and bravery of so many, including those who paid the ultimate price by giving their life for their country.

“Anzac Day is arguably the most important day of the year for these two great nations,” he said

“Generations on, the Anzac spirit is alive and well in Cities like Joondalup where people from all age groups and backgrounds take time out from their busy lives for a day of quiet reflection.

“I particularly encourage anyone who has never attended a Dawn Service before to attend this year. Seeing thousands of people from our local community take part in two minutes of silence as the sun rises over Central Park is a solemn and moving experience.”

Major Ash Cogdon is the event MC with Joondalup City RSL President Rick Green to recite the Ode.

A wreath laying ceremony will be part of the proceedings and free tea, coffee and biscuits will be served following the service.

Attendees are asked to arrive no later than 5.45am for a 6am start. Parking is free in the Joondalup CBD on the morning of Anzac Day and there will be plenty of parking available close to Central Park.

-An Anzac Day Dawn Service will also be held at the Ocean Reef War Memorial, Ocean Reef Sports Club, Harbour Quays.

The Story of Anzac

Both Australia and New Zealand had sent troops to assist Great Britain and France in the war against Germany and Austria, which started in 1914. On 25 April 1915, troops from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) attempted to climb the cliffs at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles, which were defended by Turkey, who was then an ally of Germany.

It was a very difficult task but the Australian and New Zealand troops showed to the world how mateship, unselfishness and service to others made the ANZACs such a good fighting force, earning them the respect of their allies and foes.

So, April 25th of each year was chosen by Australia and New Zealand as ANZAC Day to be the National Day of Remembrance for all those men and women who lost their lives in the Service of their two countries in World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and every other military conflict where Australia has given Service to other countries, such as Borneo, Malaya, the Gulf, Somalia, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.