For Anzac Day this year, dozens of residents and construction workers came together for a community led Dawn Service in West End’s historic residential and lifestyle neighbourhood, West Village.

Anzac Day on April 25 each year marks the anniversary of the first campaign that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during WWI (World War One) and commemorates all the conflicts that followed.

The Last Post was trumpeted by Miles Doucet, a 12-year old student attending Brisbane State High School. Although the location was a very different place for Miles to play, he noted that the current times with the global coronavirus situation meant that adapting the Dawn Service was something that needed to be done, in order for it to proceed. “It was something to remember the Anzacs and what they’ve done for our country,” Miles said.

Besides the trumpeting of The Last Post, West Village residents Alan and Margaux Crooks lit candles in the development’s driveway. The Crooks said that hearing the solemn notes of The Last Post ricocheting from building to building brought not just a tear, but a grateful re-connection to her father who survived being gassed in WWI.

“There is no way I could miss an Anzac ceremony and not have that connection,” Margaux Crooks says. “Megan Barron (West Village’s Project Executive Director for Sales, Marketing and Public Relations) helped make it all happen. As the sun came up … she felt it might be the dawn of an annual community event. Having a true neighbourhood that is involved in setting-up and running those traditions is what community is all about.”

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