Young and old gather at Miriam Vale for solemn service

The Miriam Vale dawn service was well attended.
The Miriam Vale dawn service was well attended. Mike Richards

FOR the past 30 years Miriam Vale residents have travelled elsewhere for Anzac Day dawn services, despite having a cenotaph of their own.

But that all changed when 80 people attended the 4.20am dawn service held at Blomfield St on Friday.

The young and the old gathered at the cenotaph, which lists 14 names of fallen soldiers from the Miriam Vale region within the years 1914-1919.

Organiser and local publican owner Marshal Anderson said he could not understand why there had not been a dawn service for so long.

"To finally see that cenotaph used was fantastic," he said.

The intimate and solemn mood resonated even when the generator for the microphone fell short of the whole ceremony.

"It's just the Aussie way, the generator stopped working and no one even bat an eyelid," he said.

Mr Anderson holds a strong belief in commemorating the day as his father, Reg, was a serviceman in the Australian Army serving in Malaysia and New Guinea.

He was wounded and sent home, and passed away on Anzac Day in 1988. Mr Anderson looked forward to future events and said there were "bigger and better things to come".

Presenter Alan Thorp addressed the crowd starting with a step back in history, with a reminder of what is commemorated on Anzac Day.

"It's not for the glorification of war. It's to pay your respects not just for the people who served but thank the people who gave the moral strength back home."

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