Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch to reinstate Anzac Day dawn service this year

HONOURED: Lily McArthur from Trinity Catholic School with siblings Tobias and Beatrice from McAuley College and 9-year-old brother Ezra, who goes to St Mary's. Photo: Supplied
HONOURED: Lily McArthur from Trinity Catholic School with siblings Tobias and Beatrice from McAuley College and 9-year-old brother Ezra, who goes to St Mary's. Photo: Supplied

ANZAC Day is back on in Beauy, with the Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch announcing plans to hold a dawn service at the Central Place cenotaph.

The service will be welcomed by local residents who were unable to lay a wreath or pay their respects at the town's memorial due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place on March 25.

RSL Sub Branch president Carol Castles said the service starting at 4.30am would be one to remember.

"We will have the laying of wreaths, a piper, songs from A-Choired Taste and a performance by the Beaudesert State High School band," she said.

"We are hoping to also have a didgeridoo and John Fisher will recite his poem."

Ms Castles said the service would be followed by a gunfire breakfast at the RSL Services Club and the traditional games of two-up.

This year, the RSL Sub Branch tradition of passing on the Torch of Remembrance to the younger generation will also be reinstated, with Beaudesert's McArthur siblings being given the honour.

Their mum, Amanda McArthur said the McAuley College and St Mary's students Lily, 17, Tobias, 13, Beatrice, 12 and Ezra, 9 were keen to take part in the ceremony.

"Beatrice was supposed to do a reading at last year's service before it was canceled," she said.

"This year the RSL got in touch and asked if the children would like to take part in the ceremony.

"They were very keen. They go in the parade every year but our eldest this year said she would prefer to go to the dawn service."

Ms McArthur said her family had close ties to the military.

"My great-grandfather was a prisoner of war in Germany, my grandfather served in Japan and my father served in the navy for 20 years," she said.

"There are uncles who served in Afghanistan and East Timor and we have had family members who served with the Light Horse."

Paul de Beus from Kerry Hills with the Australia Day medal he was awarded for services to HMAS Brisbane. Mr de Beus will be in attendance to see his grandchildren take up the Torch of Remembrance on Anzac Day.

Paul de Beus from Kerry Hills with the Australia Day medal he was awarded for services to HMAS Brisbane. Mr de Beus will be in attendance to see his grandchildren take up the Torch of Remembrance on Anzac Day.

Last year the family took part in Light Up the Dawn, joining neighbours on Brooklands Drive who paid their respects at the end of their driveways.

"It was amazing, you could hear the Last Post all the way up the street," Mrs McArthur said.

"But it will be nice to pay our respects face to face with community members at the cenotaph."

Some of the family medals earned in battle.

Some of the family medals earned in battle.

Ms Castles said RSL Sub Branch members would also be delivering gifts ahead of Anzac Day to veterans and war widows living in aged care facilities.

She said the service would be held in accordance with government health directives on the day, with social distancing in place and the possibility that people would need to wear masks.