Dawn service goes viral

Dawn service goes viral

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Justin Maxwell with his sons Xavier and Tyler at this year's gunfire breakfast in Byford. Photograph - Richard Polden.

Residents who weren’t able to attend this year’s ANZAC Day dawn service in Byford in person were able to watch it live on social media, thanks to the Serpentine Jarrahdale RSL sub branch.

A few thousand people attended the service at ANZAC Memorial Park, which included performances from the John Calvin Christian Band and the Last Post performed by bugler Jedd de Vos.

Representatives from the many schools within the Serpentine Jarrahdale region were in attendance to lay a wreath, alongside members of parliament Andrew Hastie and Matt Swinbourn and shire representatives.

A traditional gunfire breakfast at the Byford and Districts Country Club was also well attended with the volunteers from Oakford Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade cooking up a storm.

A traditional game of two-up from 12noon drew crowds, as many stayed on at the club.

Serpentine Jarrahdale RSL sub branch president Shana McKay said both the service and the breakfast were well attended with many offering plenty of positive feedback.

“We organised for a drone to capture the community attending the service,” she said.

“We also streamed the service live on Facebook as we knew some people aren’t able to get to the service, so we thought it would be a nice opportunity for some people to view it.

“The video also enabled people from out of the state and overseas to see our service and we received some great feedback from people who watched it.”