Approximately 40,000 Perth citizens came out to the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance at Kings Park to mark the 99th ceremony of ANZAC Day.
The atmosphere of the service was solemn as silent crowds packed into Kings Park.
ABC 720 radio announcer Geoff Hutchinson started the ceremony by giving a formal address and detailing some war stories.
This was then followed by the laying of wreaths and The Last Post, several West Australian dignitaries such as the Governor General Malcolm McCusker, WA Premier Colin Barnett, Opposition Leader Mark McGowan, and Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi all laid wreaths along with many retired soldiers.
Royal Australian Navy Captain, Angela Bond delivered the Dawn Service Address followed by a fly over from some vintage and classic fighter jets.
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The service was then concluded it was a brief service but a special experience for all, that you don’t see every day.
Some people were so keen to get a good spot for the service that they came to King Park in advance. One woman Kristina Petkovic came with her friends at 9pm the night before the service. “It was our first time coming here and we’ve always wanted to do it so we didn’t realize what time it would start we got here at 9 and camped out in the car and came out here around 12:30- 1 in the morning.”
The youth were also apart of the crowd and some were lucky enough to be wearing medals. We spoke to three young boys Campbell, Hamish & Angus, about their Dawn Service experience and why they were wearing medals. The medals that they were wearing were for bravery when their Father went to the Middle East for six months. They said they feel like they had to come because its apart of the history of the defense force and apart of their family, so it’s a little bit apart of them.
After the dawn service, there was a major parade on Perth’s St Georges Terrace.
Crowds cheered on as the Army, Navy personnel and former war veterans marched on the street.