BEFORE THE DAWN: Thousands gather to honour our Anzacs

26 April, 2018, 12:43 | Author: Diane Mills
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The memorial commemorates the thousands of Australian and New Zealand volunteer servicemen who passed through camps and hospitals in Dorset during the First World War between battles in the Middle East and those on the Western Front in Europe.

43 passengers were making their way to the Anzac Cove Dawn Service when smoke started coming from the engine of their bus and they were told to get off, the Sydney Morning Herald Reports.

The Anzac dedication is delivered by Chaplain Peter Willis of the Australian Army.

Streets are closed and spectators of all ages are gathering ahead of the annual Anzac Day march in Adelaide.

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She spoke of seeing her own daughters leaving for Afghanistan, and that her "heart aches" for anyone who has seen loved ones go to war, some to never return home. The ode to the fallen was read by Captain Travis Holt.

There are two other services happening in London on the day. World War II veteran Tom Randall, who served in Darwin during the Japanese air attacks, turned 103 in November, is usually the saluting officer for the service but has just now gone into aged care, insisted that he be there for the service.

Representatives from ex-service organisations and associations will also be attending the ceremony.

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