By all accounts, Sunday, April 25, 1915 dawned a “beautiful day” according to the accounts of the Anzacs who landed at Gallipoli. But there wasn’t a lot of time to look around and enjoy the view. Of the first 200 soldiers to disembark from one of the landing craft, the ‘River Clyde’, only 21 men made it to the beach. The troops emerging one by one from the sally ports on the boat presented perfect targets to the enemy machine guns located above the beach.
This Thursday, April 25, 2013 is aloso expected to be a beautiful morning and local returned service personnel are urging locals to make a special effort and attend their local dawn services. Some of them will be held at the following locations and times:
* Wonthaggi: 6am at the cenotaph in McBride Avenue
* Bass: 5.45am at the Bass cenotaph
* Leongatha: 6am in front of the Memorial Hall
* Korumburra: 5.45am for 6am at the cenotaph in Coleman Park
* Inverloch: 6am at the RSL Hall in Bolding Place
* Cowes: 6am at Phillip Island RSL followed by ‘gunfire breakfast’ at 6.30am