Esperance ANZAC Day 2019

A huge crowd attended 2019 ANZAC Day services at Esperance Memorial Park to honour the sacrifice of current and returned servicemen and women.

More than 2000 people attended the Dawn Service, with smaller, but still strong numbers at the Morning Service.

The services included a catafalque party by the Navy Cadets and participation from schools, emergency services, volunteer organisations, the 503 Esperance Army Cadet Unit, the Esperance Scout Group, the Esperance Brass Band and the Esperance 10th Light Horse troop.

Esperance RSL president Shane Miller thanked the community for their support and involvement.

Mr Miller's opening address at the Morning Service focused on Esperance's Victoria Cross recipient Tom Starcevich.

"He was a local hero, a man that was so full of ANZAC spirit, a man who knew what mateship meant and a man we have all heard of," he said.

Mr Starcevich was awarded the Victoria Cross after he single-handedly took out four machine gun posts while under fire from Japanese troops on June 28, 1945.

Mr Miller said a highlight for him, from the services, was the speech given by Esperance Senior High School Year 11 student Olivia Kipling.

Olivia spoke about how her experiences on the Quiet Lion Tour, which have given her a deeper appreciation and understanding of the sacrifice of those who have served their country.

The tour retraces the steps of prisoners of war who were forced to work on the Burma-Thai Railway.

"ANZAC day is a day of recognition," Olivia said.

"Recognising those brave men and women who risked and gave their lives for the protection of their country."