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A day of firsts for Tanunda RSL

A day of firsts for Tanunda RSL

More than 2,000 people attended the ANZAC Day Dawn service in Tanunda on Saturday morning, breaking all records.

President of the Tanunda RSL Sub Branch, Mr Trevor Whitehorn said there were at least 800 more people attending this year with 14 wreaths laid at the cross of sacrifice.

Father Mark Sexton officiated and in his address explained the significance of Gallipoli in Australian history.

“It’s been growing each year but I think being 100 years and there being a lot of press on it, people probably put some more meaning to the significance,” said Mr
Whitehorn.

Nearly 400 people converged at the Tanunda RSL Hut for the traditional gunfire breakfast and Mr Whitehorn said that was nearly 150 more than other years.

In a first for the Tanunda RSL, the Memorial Service, led by Pastor David Gogoll, was moved from the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall to a special Marquee at the oval.

“We still had very good attendance at our memorial service at 11 a.m.”

The day’s commemorations formed part of a combined effort between the Tanunda RSL and the Tanunda Football Club, with the traditional ANZAC Day march being held on the oval instead of  Murray Street in another break from tradition.