Esperance Anzac Day 2019 coming up

Lest we forget: The Esperance RSL is hoping for a similar turnout to last year's ANZAC Day services. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Lest we forget: The Esperance RSL is hoping for a similar turnout to last year's ANZAC Day services. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

Thousands of community members are set to gather in town for the 2019 ANZAC Day services, organised by the Esperance Returned Service League.

Local veterans will begin marching from Post Office Square to the Memorial Park at 5:50am on April 25.

The Dawn Service will start at 6am.

Esperance RSL president Shane Miller said his opening address would focus on the life of Esperance's Victoria Cross recipient Tom Starcevich.

Mr Miller will discuss the life of Mr Starcevich, his role in World War Two and why he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

The Dawn Service will also included a hymn, prayers, reading from local school children, the Australian and New Zealand national anthems and a wreath laying ceremony

Shots will be fired and a bugle will play the Last Post, before a minute's silence concludes the service

The march will then begin at 10:45am at the Esplanade and Andrew Street roundabout before the morning service begins at 11am.

As the bugle plays, school children will put crosses in the Memorial Park garden with the names of the 75 men in Esperance who served in the First World War.

The 10th Esperance Light Horse brigade will be present at both services.

The Esperance Navy cadets will raise and lower the flag and conduct the camouflage party.

The Rotary Club of Esperance will supply breakfast and the Esperance Lions Club will supply lunch.

Mr Miller thanked the Esperance Shire for organising road blocks and traffic control.

He encouraged the Esperance community to bring their neighbors, friends and children.

"I'm hoping for a crowd like last year," Mr Miller said.

"We try to involve children in our services in Esperance and we like to congratulate the parents who bring their kids because we need to keep the memory alive."