'Ecstatic': Anzac commemorations set to go ahead in Peel

After the cancellation of Anzac commemorations last year the Peel region will be hosting services again this year. Photo: Mandurah Mail.
After the cancellation of Anzac commemorations last year the Peel region will be hosting services again this year. Photo: Mandurah Mail.

Ecstatic.

This is the word both Mandurah RSL sub-branch president Dave Mabbs and Pinjarra RSL sub-branch president Les Giles used to describe Anzac services going ahead this year.

In 2020, residents couldn't gather in numbers to hear the Ode, Reveille and The Last Post, adding an extra dimension of sadness and loss to ANZAC Day.

Mr Giles said the cancellation of commemorations last year was disappointing for veterans across the Peel region.

"It was very disappointing last year but because of the circumstances we had no choice," he said.

"But this year we are ecstatic we can hold the service."

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The refurbished Pinjarra and Coolup memorials remained empty last Anzac Day but Mr Giles is expecting a large crowd for this year's services.

"We were racing against time with the shire to have the memorial moved and landscaped sufficiently in time for Anzac Day. Then it came to nothing," he said.

"This year the surrounds is looking absolutely beautiful so we are happy to be able to hold the services.

"I think this year is going to be a very big dawn service."

Mr Mabbs said all the RSL members were overjoyed that normal commemorations could go ahead this year.

"The diggers came back from the war and decided to gather at dawn and remember their mates. It's something that has gone unchecked for over 105 years now," he said.

"Last year as it was cancelled independent veterans went down to the memorial and made sure the correct flags were flying and the ode was recited.

"I believe it's going to be a big one this year because people did miss it."

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Whether you choose to commemorate at home, attend a socially distanced service, or watch the Anzac Day march on TV there are numerous ways to pay respects to the men and women who have served.

Both Mandurah and Pinjarra will be holding a dawn and 11am service on Anzac Day.

There will be a gunfire breakfast at the Mandurah RSL at conclusion of the dawn service and fellowship at 12pm.

For the driveway dawn commemorations ABC Radio Perth will broadcast a specially recorded Light Up The Dawn service including The Ode, the Last Post, the Minute's Silence and Rouse.

Radio 6IX will also have a special broadcast.