Another memorable event was held on Tuesday, 25 April! Around 500 people turned up to the Dawn Service and were treated to another dignified and solemn event, highlighting our close-knit community. Braxton Jones, the bugler ringing out the Last Post through our community at dawn was a thought provoking and haunting experience.
Our focus this year was on the Centenary of the 1917 battles, in particular the Second Battle of Bullecourt, as it was the cause of the greatest number, eight, of the AGL casualties. The personal stories of those eight were very poignant.
We were honoured by a first-time attendance of the descendants of one man, and returning visits of descendants of three other men whose names are on the memorial. We were grateful for the support underlined by the presence of our Federal member Craig Laundy at the Dawn Service, and the laying of the wreath from the Breakfast Point Child Care Centre gave evidence of how the significance of the day is being passed to new generations.
It is also significant that our ceremony goes into our neighbouring communities with the attendance of many from outside Breakfast Point and the laying of a wreath by a Cabarita family in remembrance of a relative killed in 1917.
As mentioned on the day, thanks to those involved in organising this successful event. To the internal and external agencies who donated their time and resources: Men’s Shed for set up and pack down, Rotary for breakfast, the Country Club for coffee and set-up, Breakfast Point Realty for two of the official wreaths, Five Dock RSL sub Branch for three wreaths and Mortlake Service Centre for the remaining wreath, Mick Gordon for the music and the Knitters for their poppies.
Thanks to the generosity of attendees $2,239.55 was raised for Legacy.
As always, the Club provided an excellent lunch for 70 of our residents and guests, and we finished up with our traditional ‘mock’ two-up which was a fun way to finish a great day. Despite the frivolity, our thoughts did not stray from our forefathers and the horrors they faced on a daily basis.