Preparations are well under way to mark Anzac Day at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast on Thursday April 25, 2019 – the 105th year since the Gallipoli landing.
The Dawn Service at Kings Beach will follow the same format as previous years, starting with the Sunshine Coast Youth Band providing music from 5.15am.
Local cadet units will slow march the flags through an Honour Guard to the flagpoles at 5.20am, in time for the service to begin at 5.28am.
The Sunshine Coast Dawn Service will consist of an opening address, prayers, an address by the guest speaker, the laying of wreaths and the playing of the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems. It is expected to be completed by 6am.
The traditional gunfire breakfast will be served in the Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch from 6.30am. This year the Sub-Branch has returned to the format it followed for so long: it will be open to Sub-Branch members and their guests, as well as serving and ex-service men and women.
Participants in the Citizens March to the RSL are asked to assemble at the Stockland Shopping Centre carpark at 8.30am. The march, via Oval Avenue, Arthur Street and Third Avenue, will begin at 9am. The march will be followed by a short wreath-laying ceremony in the Bob McInnes Memorial Garden at the Caloundra RSL for those not attending the Dawn Service.
Shuttle bus services will run between Currimundi Market Place, Dicky Beach carpark, Stockland carpark and the RSL carpark between 4am and 5am, and returning after the Dawn Service. This will help alleviate parking and access problems at Kings Beach.