It was full house at Fremantle’s Monument Hill for the ANZAC Day dawn service this morning and the rain stayed away for this very solemn event.
Great to see so many families with very young children, and teenagers, young lovers and many oldies.
I went to the North Fremantle ceremony for the first time and the rain started coming in then.
The next blog post will show photos of the pretty wet parade through town.
ANZAC Day in Fremantle is always special so make sure to bring the family to the parade through town. It starts at 10.15 am.
There is also a dawn ceremony at Monument Hill at 5.50 am for those who don’t mind getting up early, and a ceremony at 9am in North Fremantle opposite Mojo’s as well.
The RSL Gunfire Breakfast will be held at Princess May Park from 7 am.
It’s going to be a big ANZAC Day today so get up and join the crowd in Fremantle. The sunset ceremony will be at Monument Hill in two hours and then there will be the ANZAC breakfast at Kings Square. From 11.15 the parade will march through the CBD and that is always a nice event with lots of families and Australian flags supplied by Fremantle Ports.
For those keen to join an old tradition there is TWO UP in the laneway behind the Wyola Club from noon. Enter from Bannister Street.
The afternoon is reserved of course for the big Dockers game against the Sydney Swans, so go buy some nice pies from Culleys to avoid having to cook today.
It is ANZAC Day tomorrow and a day I alway look forward to. There is something special about the parade through Fremantle and the hundreds of Australian flags waved by children and grown ups, when veterans, soldiers, sailors, pilots and cadets march through the city centre.
For many years I was reluctant to join in as I believed it would be a celebration of war, but when one sees the faces of the mainly old men one realises this is a day to celebrate and commemorate the lives of all those young people who died or were maimed in atrocious circmstances. For many the trauma is still there and quite visible on their solemn faces and I am happy Australia pays so much respect and that the nation stops to honour people and not a sporting event.
Dawn service is at Monument Hill, breakfast at Kings Square, and the parade will be at 11 am, so come along!