Dawn service at Caroline Springs

Caroline Springs RSL president Andy Marshall and secretary Ross Wildshire, with local students Harper, Harley, Erika, Jessica, Jordan, Archie, and Sitnuli at the Caroline Springs War Memorial. (Damjan Janevski) 400438_01

Caroline Springs RSL will host a dawn service and Anzac Day event on April 25, at Lake Caroline.

The day will begin with a dawn service at the War Memorial on Lake Street in Caroline Springs at 5.45am, followed by a $5 Gunfire Breakfast at the Westwaters Hotel, and games of Two-up.

The morning service will feature a speech from Commander Jamie Watson from the Royal Australian Navy as a guest speaker from Canberra.

Caroline Springs RSL president Andy Marshall has been part of the RSL for 10 years and said Anzac Day is a time for the community to “gather and remember.”

“We usually expect to see 2000-3000 people on the day. It’s a solemn occasion during the dawn service because it is a commemoration and a moment of remembrance, and then the gunfire breakfast is a chance to let your hair down,” he said.

“We will have the Melton mayor in attendance as well as children delivering short speeches, and representatives from Victoria University Secondary College, Lakeview Secondary College and Gilson College taking part during the dawn service.”

Mr Marshall said badges can be purchased from the Burnside Pub Shopping Centre, the Caroline Springs Shopping Centre, outside Coles Taylors Hill shopping Centre and Watergardens Shopping Centre.