Second Valley to host first Anzac Day dawn service

LEADERS: Ex-servicemen Graham Olsson, Greg Monssen and Graham Smith have organised the first Second Valley Anzac Day service that they are aware of. Photo: Dani Brown.
LEADERS: Ex-servicemen Graham Olsson, Greg Monssen and Graham Smith have organised the first Second Valley Anzac Day service that they are aware of. Photo: Dani Brown.

A flagpole has been raised and a plan is in place for the first dawn service to be held at Second Valley.

Ex-servicemen and Second Valley Progress Association members Graham Olsson, Greg Monssen and Graham Smith have organised to have the Anzac Day service at the war memorial. 

"To the best of our knowledge, it's the first formalised dawn service at Second Valley," Mr Olsson said.

"People in the Valley think it's a good idea and want to get involved."

It was an idea acted upon after a successful Remembrance Day service last year, which about 80 people attended to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.

Now, they want Anzac Day services at Second Valley as a way of passing on local war knowledge and also creating another option for those who do not want to travel to Yankalilla.

"I said we should have a dawn service here because we have the memorial there and we don't want it to be forgotten," Mr Olsson said.

"It's to remember the people who volunteered ... it's a commemoration of those who served.

"It means a lot to us."

He said there were many in the community who had served in various wars and he wanted to honour them.

LEADERS: Ex-servicemen Graham Olsson, Greg Monssen and Graham Smith have organised the first Second Valley Anzac Day service that they are aware of. Photo: Dani Brown.

LEADERS: Ex-servicemen Graham Olsson, Greg Monssen and Graham Smith have organised the first Second Valley Anzac Day service that they are aware of. Photo: Dani Brown.

The war memorial itself includes not only local fallen soldiers, but any locals who served or were involved in any conflicts.

The three men put the wheels in motion to continue using the space for Anzac Day; Mr Monssen built and installed a flagpole so a flag could hang at half mast then be raised during the dawn service.

"We put in the money for it and installed it, all independent of council and the Second Valley Progress Association," Mr Smith said.

The memorial is next to the Soldiers Memorial Hall, which will host a gunfire breakfast after the service. 

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