'It's still really important to remember': Erskine teenager to host Anzac Day driveway dawn service

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We all know Anzac Day 2020 is set to look a lot different than usual.

But there are plenty of people around the Peel region putting their own new spin on age-old traditions to pay their respects this weekend.

From homemade poppies and touching tributes to driveway dawn services, the community has vowed to honour those who fought for our countries in their own personal ways.

And one special Erskine teenager has been busy preparing to host a make-shift dawn service of her own on Saturday.

Lara Cooper has invited her neighbours in Osprey Waters to remember together, while also practicing social distancing.

The 13-year-old will be reading poems and hymns, raising the flag, conducting a minute of silence and playing The Last Post through a speaker.

I think it's important for the next generation to know about the Anzac history so I'm glad to be a part of that.

Lara Cooper

In an interview with the Mandurah Mail, Lara said she was looking forward to leading the service.

"We can't have a regular dawn service obviously, but I thought it was still really important for us to remember the people that served and died," she said.

"It's going to be special.

"I think it's important for the next generation to know about the Anzac history so I'm glad to be a part of that."

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Lara, who is a member of the 1st Falcon Scout Group, has plenty of experience participating in services for Anzac Day.

"We normally stay at the War Memorial overnight and do the dawn service in the morning," she said.

"I already know how it works because we usually help the RSL plan the service.

"I've written up a plan for Saturday and I sent out a letter this week to all my neighbours to let them know about it."

Residents throughout the Peel region are being asked to unite at the end of their driveways at 6am on April 25 for a touching dawn service with a difference.

Anyone attending the Mandurah War Memorial privately during the day must obey the COVID-19 protocols and take into consideration whether their visit is essential.

For more information on the #ANZACspirit campaign visit the RSLWA website.

Let us know how you will be commemorating Anzac Day this year. Send a photo to editor@mandurahmail.com.au.