Thousands line Flinders Lane for Anzac parade
As the sun broke over the horizon at the Village Green this morning thousands of people, young and old, paid their respects to those who have put their country before themselves.
The dawn service began from 5.55am before a gunfire breakfast hosted by the Rotary Club of Palm Beach fed over 700 hungry mouths.
The breakfast was the 30th annual event for the Rotary, whose membership includes a large percentage of ex-Navy service men and women.
A few hours later, thousands gathered again at Flinders Lane to line the street for the Anzac Day parade.
This year’s service honoured soldiers who fought in the battle of Beersheba and many other conflicts of 1917 as part of the centenary service.
Members of the Kelmscott-Pinjarra 10th Lighthorse Memorial Troop led the procession in memory of those who fought on horseback in the first world war.
Following the parade a large gathering at the Village Green welcomed the Anzac Day ceremony with City of Rockingham RSL sub-branch member Major Lyndon Jackson addressing the growing crowd.
A prayer and blessing of the wreaths was led by HMAS Stirling chaplain James Sutherland before Last Post was played and a minute of silence observed.
The Australian and New Zealand national anthems were played and closing words brought the ceremony to an emotional end as those who came to pay their respects moved on.
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