As most West Australians were confined by a snap three-day lockdown, the Katanning community came together on Anzac Day to pay respect to those who have fought for us. In the early hours of a brisk Sunday morning, Cadet Under Officer Joseph Rose led the Anzac Day march along Carew Street towards the Katanning War Memorial. Members of the public joined former servicemen and women at the memorial for the dawn service. Katanning’s 518 Army Cadet Unit formed a catafalque party around the memorial before Travis Menghini started the ceremony with an address. “Anzac Day marks a day of confusion or fear, and as one soldier called it, ‘a day of sorrow’,” Mr Menghini said. “It has become a day to pay respect to all service members.” Katanning priest Nigel Heard read a prayer and the benediction as attendees paused to remember those who “selflessly laid down their lives for us”. The cadets were called to lay a wreath, followed by members of Katanning Police, Shire of Katanning Council, Katanning Volunteer Fire and Rescue, St John Ambulance and the Katanning Lions Club. The Last Post was played as Cadet Lance Corporal Steele Baker raised and lowered the flag, followed by a minute silence and the Australian and New Zealand national anthems. Attending the service was former Katanning RSL secretary Kath Crosby. Ms Crosby was there with her 90-year-old husband Les Crosby and their two sons Peter Crosby — a 36-year current service member of the Australian military — and Darryl Crosby — a former Katanning army reservist. Les wore service medals that were earned by his father as a member of the 10th Light Horse Regiment in World War I. Lieutenant Colonel Peter Crosby, who has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, said Katanning’s Anzac Day service was an opportunity for all generations to appreciate what service has meant to this country. “I think it is about community engagement in showing respect and appreciation of the history of our service members in farming communities during the First World War and in the founding of this nation and this town,” he said. Service organiser and Lions Club secretary Tamara Ford said she was “extremely grateful” to the community for turning out. “I was very pleased that so many people did actually come to the memorial service and the fact that everybody was respectful of the COVID-19 health restrictions,” she said.