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ANZAC Day Dawn Service: Tues 25

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On Tuesday 25 April Magnetic Island RSL will host the 2017 ANZAC Day Service. The Centenary of ANZAC 2014 to 2018 is Australia’s most important period of national commemoration. Marking 100 years since our involvement in the First World War, the ANZAC Centenary is a time to honour the service and sacrifice of our original ANZACs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our values and freedoms, in wars, conflicts and peace operations throughout a Century of Service.

Everybody is invited to attend the Magnetic Island ANZAC Day Dawn Service to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australian service men and women.

The march from the RSL Hall includes a contingent of currently serving members and it promises to be another memorable ANZAC Day hosted by your RSL on Magnetic Island.

The public are requested to assemble on the South side of the cenotaph.

Military landing craft will also be anchored just off shore of Alma Bay to symbolise the landing event and will fire off a salvo at 05:30

From 04:30: Meet at the RSL Hall, Hayles Ave, Arcadia for the Gunfire Breakfast
05:10: Parade Marshall assembles parade in front of RSL.
05:20: Parade marches to Stone of Remembrance at Alma Bay.
05.30: Dawn Memorial Service commences at Alma Bay.

Community members are invited to take part in the ceremony by laying a wreath. After the service is completed, the public is warmly invited to join the RSL at the Memorial Hall for breakfast, raffles, a game of traditional two-up and catching up with friends and acquaintances over a drink. Live music will be provided from 10am. The day concludes at 1pm. This is a particularly moving service and if you have not experienced it before, it is highly recommended.

Early morning Magnetic Island Bus Service: From approx. 4.30am, and again at 5:20 am Magnetic Island Sunbus will pick up passengers (along the main road only) from Horseshoe Bay and Picnic Bay and bring them to Alma Bay.

Traveling from Townsville? Sealink is providing a ferry departing from the Breakwater Terminal at 4am for Townsville people to attend our Dawn Service. At 4.25am Magnetic Island Sunbus will transport passengers from Nelly Bay Terminal to the RSL.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are wanting to join the march please leave your car at Alma Bay Park and walk to the RSL Hall via Hayles Ave, as parking will not be available at the hall.

There will not be a march back to the RSL Hall this year and the parade will disband at Alma Bay.

The Origins of the Dawn Service:
The Dawn Service observed on Anzac day has its origins in an operational routine which is observed by the Australian Army today. The half-light of dawn plays tricks with soldiers' eyes and from the earliest times the half hour or so before dawn, with all its grey, misty shadows, became one of the most favoured times for an attack. Soldiers in defensive positions were therefore woken up in the dark, before dawn so that by the time the first dull grey light crept across the battlefield they were awake, alert and manning their weapons. This was, and still is, known as "Stand To”.