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Dawn Services in Australia

(The war memorial in Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia)

It has become traditional to honour those Australians and New Zealanders who have served in various wars at a dawn service. Many cties and towns also have an Anzac-Day march in which veterans will parade, often in uniform and wearing their service medals, and sometimes acompanied by their grandchildren or other family members.

The Dawn Service has its origins in a military routine which is still followed by the Australian Army today. During battle, the half-light of dawn was one of the most favoured times for an attack. After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they had felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. A dawn vigil became the basis of a form of commemoration in several places after the war and over the years the ceremonies have developed into their modern form.

 
 

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