Record turnout at Anzac dawn service
As the sun rose at dawn on Anzac Day, Katanning residents stood in silence to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers and remember those who had served in Gallipoli 100 years ago.
With more than 400 people attending, the service not only showed the number of dedicated soldiers who hail from the Great Southern region but the commitment from the community to lend their strong support for the Anzac commemorations.
John Jenkins, who served in Malaya and Vietnam, was inspired by this year's record turnout.
"It was the greatest thing about it. There were three times as many people and the eagerness of the children from all the schools was truly fantastic," he said.
"We are also such a multicultural town, and the support we are getting from other nationalities was really good and that is one thing that makes us proud as a community."
The service was led by the young cadets and a number of colourful bouquets, poppies and wreaths were laid by various community groups and cultures.
Thomas Nunn Tussler, who joined the young cadets more than a year ago, said Anzac Day was a very special time for them.
"It's about learning to respect your history and the importance of respecting your family and where you come from," he said.
As people assembled around the memorial, many took time to reflect on their family history and their dedicated fathers, brothers and uncles who served.
Evan Woods, whose grandfather served in the 10th Light Horse, shares a particularly strong connection with the Anzacs.
"The service lightens you up, helps you realise the commitment of our town and you cherish that.
"The most important thing is the momentum must keep going," he said.
"We as a small community must keep up the spirit of Anzac - we can't ever lose it.
"It is something that has become part of our history and what made this country."
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