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We Will Remember them
The ANZAC Day Dawn Service, which is held in Kings Park each year on the 25th of April, is the biggest and most popular of its kind in the world. The service attracts crowds of up to fifty thousand people each year, and every year more people attend.
This year the Returned and Service League of WA will be extending the commemoration events by five days, with a Week of Tributes, prior to ANZAC Day, in order to give all Western Australians, and other visitors to Perth, a chance to pay their respects.
A Sunset Service, called a Last Post Ceremony, will be held each evening at the State War Memorial in Kings Park, from Sunday 20th April until Thursday 24th April, 2014, beginning at 5pm daily.
Each service will feature a lone piper playing a lament and a bugler sounding the Last Post. The Sunset Services will also include a moving reading to honour an ordinary West Australian serviceman or woman who gave their life in the nation's service.
Following the Last Post, there will be Wreath Laying around the Pool of Reflection where the Flame of Remembrance burns continuously. Relatives of fallen Australian servicemen and women can come and lay a wreath in their honour.
The Nine Network will broadcast this year's dawn service, on ANZAC Day, live and commercial free, from 6am to 7am, so that people who are unable to attend the service can still be part of the commemorations.
ANZAC Day has incredible community support in Western Australia, and with the 100th ANZAC Day coming up next year, special measures are already being implemented for the anticipated record number of people wishing to attend and commemorate the day.
For further information about ANZAC Day, including the Week of Tributes events, visit the RSLWA website or phone 9287 3799.