Communities across the Great Southern are making their final preparations for one of the most important days of the year. People of all walks of life will gather for services across the region on Monday to commemorate Anzac Day. In Katanning, the Lions Club will continue their tradition of holding the town’s dawn service at Prosser Park. Club secretary and service organiser Tamara Ford said the day was all about remembrance and respect. The reality of the devastation of war has been highlighted in recent months through Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Ms Ford said she hoped there would be a renewed focus on Anzac Day. “It is history, it is relevant to this day and age,” she said. “The dawn service is thought of and understood as a part of Australian life and heritage, and lot of people are grateful their ancestors are still remembered and honoured.” Katanning 518 Army Cadet Unit commanding officer Joel Anyon said it was important Anzac Day did not “fall to the wayside” like other community traditions. “It is about celebrating the Anzac spirit that has been passed down through the generations by veterans and soldiers,” he said. The Katanning army cadets will form the catafalque party around the Katanning War Memorial and conduct the flag raising ceremony during the dawn service. They will also participate in the Woodanilling Anzac Day service later in the morning. There will be significant changes to the Katanning service this year, with the traditional pre-service march and post-service gunfire breakfast axed to reduce the risk for community transmission of COVID-19. It is a similar situation in Kojonup, where there will be no march or gunfire breakfast. The breakfast at the Broomehill service has also been dropped because of COVID-19 concerns. Cranbrook and Wagin will both hold a dawn and morning service, while Gnowangerup and Jerramungup will hold dawn services.