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Boulder Anzac Day dawn service honours fallen soldiers

As a golden sunrise lit up the Boulder War Memorial, The Last Post sounded throughout Loopline Park during the Anzac Day dawn service on Monday morning.

Hosted by the Boulder RSL sub-branch, hundreds of residents attended the annual service to pay their respects for soldiers who lost their lives during World War I and subsequent conflicts.

During the service, community representatives and individuals stepped forward to lay wreaths containing assorted flowers, customary red poppies and personal inscriptions to honour fallen soldiers.

The Boulder War Memorial glows orange from Monday’s sunrise.
Camera IconThe Boulder War Memorial glows orange from Monday’s sunrise. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

Boulder RSL sub-branch president Dave Grills said the dawn service had proved to be popular in previous years, with Monday’s service no exception attracting about 1000 attendees.

He said it was encouraging to see many young people and primary school representatives attend the service to help keep the Anzac tradition alive for the next generation.

“I think it’s important that we keep the Anzac tradition. We don’t have any Anzac Day veterans left anymore,” he said.

“It’s good that the kids did (make wreaths) because they come from the heart and there’s some effort in there, that’s what Anzac Day is about.”

Later in the morning a day service was held at the park.

The Eastern Goldfields 55 Army Cadet unit was in attendance as the catafalque party for both services.

Vietnam War veterans attend the Anzac Day dawn service in Boulder.
Camera IconVietnam War veterans attend the Anzac Day dawn service in Boulder. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner
Ethel Chinnery and Arthur Ward prepare to lay flowers at the Boulder War Memorial.
Camera IconEthel Chinnery and Arthur Ward prepare to lay flowers at the Boulder War Memorial. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner
Wreaths with an assortment of flowers and personal inscriptions were placed at the base of the  Boulder War Memorial.
Camera IconWreaths with an assortment of flowers and personal inscriptions were placed at the base of the Boulder War Memorial. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner
Rachel Zaro performs The Last Post.
Camera IconRachel Zaro performs The Last Post. Credit: Carwyn Monck/Kalgoorlie Miner

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