Anzac Day service returns

Most of the usual Anzac Day arrangements will return to Beachport next month.

There will be the Dawn Service on April 25 in the vicinity of the foreshore rotunda and flagpole.

Due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago, there was no official service at Beachport but wreaths were laid.

The 2021 service will be conducted by Bob Grieve of the Lions Club of Beachport and Rivoli Bay.

He said the usual starting time may have to be pushed back and COVID-19 protocols will apply.

It is expected students from Beachport Primary School and Kangaroo Inn Area School will again be participating.

Prayers and passages of scriptures will be read by Anglican Church lay reader J.L. “Fred” Smith.

The traditional marks of respect like the raising of the Australian, New Zealand and Indigenous flags, laying of wreaths and singing the National Anthem will be observed.

Following the solemn occasion, there will be a breakfast served nearby by the Lions.

It will be the 11th year the Beachport community will come together to honour wartime service and sacrifice.

Depending on the weather, crowds of up to 400 are in attendance.

It is likely that no World War II ex-service personnel will be present this year as the last local veteran Lorna Bowman died in January at the age of 99.

The daughter of a local World War soldier Vasey Watts, Ms Bowman was an honoured guest.

She could recall Anzac Day commemorations at Millicent in the 1920s.

Some of the Anzac Day commemorative features of past years at Beachport have been a flyover by vintage aircraft and a catafalque party mounted by airmen from the RAAF Edinburgh base near Adelaide.

It is 106 years since the first Anzac Day when Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli, Turkey in 1915.

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