Council has produced a 52-page book detailing the military and personal histories of more than 170 soldiers from the Douglas Shire who served during World War 1 to commemorate their services to their country.
In addition to normal Anzac Day services, there will also be a free community breakfast and World War 1 display following the Mossman Dawn Service.
School leaders from Mossman State High School will also wear commemorative plaques in the official Anzac Day march representing the 39 soldiers from the Douglas Shire who were killed on the battlefield in the Great War and lay a poppy in their memory at the Port Douglas Anzac Day Ceremony.
Mayor Julia Leu said Council had utilised the extensive research conducted by volunteers from the Douglas Shire Historical Society for its Douglas Diggers in World War 1 touchscreen displays to produce the Diggers of Douglas book.
“Historical Society volunteers have done an incredible job to research the military and personal histories of so many local soldiers who served during World War 1 and kindly made this information available to Council so we could produce the Diggers of Douglas book,” Mayor Leu said.
“I urge everyone to get a copy of the Diggers of Douglas book, although there are less than 200 copies left, and have a look at the Douglas Diggers touchscreens to get a full appreciation of the sacrifices made by local soldiers during World War 1 so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today.”
The Diggers of Douglas book are available at various locations, including Council’s Mossman Administration Building, the Mossman Library, the Port Douglas Library Kiosk and wherever the Mossman RSL sub-branch has a community stall in the lead-up to Anzac Day.
The Historical Society’s Douglas Diggers in World War 1 touchscreen display can be seen in the foyer of Council’s Mossman Administration Building and will also be available at the Court House Museum in Port Douglas on Anzac Day.
Mayor Leu said the free community breakfast at the Mossman Indoor Sports Centre following the Mossman Dawn Service was a chance for the community to commemorate Anzac Day with local returned servicemen and women.
“Mossman RSL Members traditionally march back to the RSL Club following the Dawn Service, but they wanted to commemorate the occasion with the community, which is why Council and the Mossman SES have teamed up to put on a free community breakfast,” Mayor Leu said.
“It is also fitting that our future leaders from Mossman State High School will wear commemorative RSL plaques representing the 39 soldiers from the Douglas Shire who didn’t return home from World War 1 in the official Anzac Day march in Port Douglas and place a poppy at the cenotaph on their behalf during the Port Douglas Anzac Ceremony.
“Council is also proud to sponsor a free community breakfast following the Cow Bay Dawn Service and Ceremony to commemorate this historic moment.”
ANZAC DAY SERVICES IN DOUGLAS SHIRE
Mossman Dawn Service
Mossman Administration Building
64-66 Front St
Free Anzac Day Community Breakfast
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
Cow Bay Dawn Service & Ceremony
March from 4.45am from Cow Bay Hotel car park to cenotaph
Ceremony from 5am at Cenotaph
Free community breakfast at Cow Bay Hotel to follow