A TRIO of iconic Anzac Day services in Douglas Shire will help mark a century since the end of the First World War.
Douglas Shire Council is continuing its support for the 103rd Anzac Day commemorations in Cow Bay, Mossman and Port Douglas.
Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said residents will rally behind the historic commemorations.
“These services are always incredibly moving and attended by people from all walks of life,” she said.
“Douglas Shire had more than 220 soldiers who enlisted in World War One, including 41 who died on the battlefield, so it is always heartening to see the community band together to remember these brave people.”
Council has worked with the Mossman RSL sub-branch to run the 2018 event, which includes a free community breakfast at the Mossman Indoor Sports Complex and Cow Bay Hotel on April 25.
Mossman RSL Sub Branch secretary Wally Gray said this year also marked the 100th anniversary for the start of the Mossman RSL sub branch.
“Our members thank the community for their continued support over the past century and understand that we cannot forget the sacrifices that have given our future,” he said.
“Lest we forget.”
Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic & Meteorological Group Commander, Adam Muckalt, will present the address at the Community Memorial Service in Port Douglas.
Mossman State High School students will feature in the Mossman and Port Douglas services, ensuring the region’s youth are again heavily involved.
“It is fantastic to have more young people paying their respects to the men and women who fought for our freedom,” Mayor Leu said.
“We have marches, services and free breakfasts that I encourage all Douglas Shire residents get involved in to pay their respects to our brave soldiers.”
The Daintree Ferry will operate from 4am – two earlier than usual – to help people get to the services north and south of the river.
The Daintree Coast Community Service will feature a special reading about the History of Lone Pine.
SERVICE DETAILS BELOW:
Mossman Dawn Service
- From 5.30am, Mossman Administration Building, 64-66 Front St
Free Anzac Day Community Breakfast
- From 6.30am
- Mossman Indoor Sports Centre, Mossman State High School
Port Douglas Anzac Day March & Ceremony
- March down Macrossan St from 10.15am
- Ceremony in Anzac Park, Warner St, from 10.30am
Daintree Coast Community Dawn Service & Ceremony
- March from 5.15am from Cow Bay Hotel car park to cenotaph
- Ceremony from 5.30am at Cenotaph
- Free community breakfast at Cow Bay Hotel to follow