GEELONG will again have its own Anzac Day dawn service this year to cater for the people of Geelong. The service will be held at Eastern Beach and organisers are hoping to build on the popularity of the event run last year at this new location.

This will be Geelong’s second Anzac Day dawn service, with existing commemorative services taking place at the Johnstone Park Peace Memorial, pre-dawn at 4.15am, then the commorative march commencing at 11am, followed by a service at Johnsons Park at 12.15PM.

Please note: This years match will follow a new route to avoid road works in Mallop Street. The route is; Start from the intersection of Yarra and Mallop streets, Yarra St to Little Malop St, Little Malop St to Moorabool St, Moorabool St to Gheringhap St, Gerringhap St and right turn into Johnson Park.   

Torquay’s spectacular dawn service draws huge crowds, attracting a great number of people.Other dawn services are also held in smaller coastal communities and elsewhere throughout the region.  Organised by a small group of people with military backgrounds, the Eastern Beach dawn service was planned following a column about Anzac Day in the Geelong Advertiser by Catholic priest Father Kevin Dillon in 2016.

The organising group is chaired by the President of the Geelong branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, Rieny Nieuwenhof and former Vietnam veteran Bob Thompson, and who have been instrumental in bringing the vision of a Geelong dawn service to life. The committee has also received council approval to host the commemoration.

Mr Nieuwenhof said the event would take pressure off overcrowded Anzac Day venues, and improved parking and accessibility for spectators. “The Torquay service has become pretty crowded and parking is a headache,” Mr Nieuwenhof said. “We feel the people of Geelong will again welcome this opportunity to show their appreciation to our fallen at a simple yet traditional service at a brilliant venue close to home.”  Mr Nieuwenhof said the new location provideds a fitting backdrop for the commemoration.

“The sun will rise over the water during the ceremony ... just like it did for the men in Gallipoli,” he said.

The dawn service will take place at 6am on Tuesday, April 25 2018, at Eastern Beach. The organising committee welcomes the participation of the people of Geelong in this service.