FLEURIEU ANZAC DAY GUIDE: Dawn services for Victor, Port Elliot, Goolwa, Yankalilla and beyond

LEST WE FORGET: Port Elliot RSL Club members Steve McDonald and John Smallacombe, both of Port Elliot, will attend the dawn service at The Strand.
LEST WE FORGET: Port Elliot RSL Club members Steve McDonald and John Smallacombe, both of Port Elliot, will attend the dawn service at The Strand.

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REGION – Thousands of locals and visitors will attend commemorative services across the Fleurieu at dawn on Anzac Day.

With strong crowd numbers at Anzac Services over the last decade, veterans say it is important to continue the trend and pass knowledge to new generations.

The Anzac Day dawn service is an important occasion for Port Elliot RSL Club member Steve McDonald.

Mr McDonald said he hoped communities would continue to show strong support each Anzac Day.

“It’s been wonderful in the last 10 years that crowds have been growing, but that’s got to continue,” he said.

“It’s not about glorifying what the diggers were part of, it’s about remembering.”

Mr McDonald served in the army as a psychological examiner, debriefing troops who had served abroad.

His father was in the Ninth Light Horse Regiment, one of his uncles was injured in combat and his other uncle died as a prisoner of war on the Burma Railway.

It’s not about glorifying what the diggers were part of, it’s about remembering.

Steve McDonald

“Anzac Day is important to me because of my family connections and it is important they are remembered,” Mr McDonald said.

“Part of Anzac Day is passing that on to my grandchildren, so that eventually when I go, that knowledge is remembered.”

Port Elliot’s John Smallacombe will also attend Port Elliot’s dawn service.

Mr Smallacombe was a recipient of the Department of Defence Force Australia Day Medallion for his work with disadvantaged indigenous youth.

Through his posting with the army in Darwin he has worked with disadvantaged indigenous youth and communities in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia.

He is one of three serving armed forces personnel that are members of the Port Elliot RSL.

Mr Smallacombe said he values his connection with the RSL.

Port Elliot RSL hopes to have at least two World War II veterans attend its Anzac Day service. Sadly, two of Port Elliot’s WWII veterans passed away late last year: Joe Barton and Bert Brittain.

On the war memorial at The Strand there are 18 names of those who died in WWI, and three names from WWII. Mr Smallacombe said at the time of war, most of the town’s male population was gone.

“People back then didn’t know what they were getting themselves into,” he said.

Port Elliot dawn service starts 6am on The Strand, followed by breakfast at the RSL.

2017 DAWN SERVICES: Fleurieu and south coast

Anzac Day, Tuesday, April 25

Port Elliot: Gather 5.45am for dawn service at 6am on The Strand, followed by breakfast at the RSL.

Goolwa: Gather at 5.45am for 6am service at Goolwa RSL, followed by breakfast at clubrooms. Joined by contingent from Navy 808 Squadron.

Victor Harbor: Gather 5.30am for 5.45am service at Cross of Sacrifice, Flinders Pde. Gunfire breakfast 6.45am. Clubroom open 7am with bar and two-up.

McLaren Vale: Gather 5.45am for 6am at McLaren Vale Memorial Park. Gunfire breakfast at RSL clubrooms, corner of Aldersey Street and Tatachilla Road, McLaren Vale.

Strathalbyn: Gather 6am for 6.15am service at Soldiers Memorial Gardens, followed by gunfire breakfast at Strathalbyn Football Club. At 6pm there will be a parade of veterans at Langhorne Creek oval.

Yankalilla: A 6.30am march from Uniting Church to Memorial Park for 6.40am service. Gunfire breakfast at RSL Hall.

Saturday, April 22

Saturday Anzac Songs: On Saturday, April 22, members of the local Sing Australia group will be singing Anzac songs in the Victor Harbor Central Shopping Centre at 10 a.m

Sunday, April 23

Sunday March in Victor Harbor: Sunday, April 23. Form up Coral St 10.30am. 10.45am march to Flinders Pde, 11am commemoration service. Wreathes may be laid as part of the service. Lunch to be held at Victor Hotel noon for 12.30pm, $27 per head. To book for lunch call Dave Miller 0411 110 595.