ANZAC Day around Kangaroo Island | Photos, Video

Large crowds turned out for ANZAC Day across Kangaroo Island with services at Kingscote, Parndana, American River and Penneshaw. 

The morning service at Parndana was particularly well attended as it coincided with the 70-year reunion of the Soldiers Settlers Scheme, with events continuing through this week.

Two riders from the KI Light Horse Troop, brothers Tom Bruce on Morphy and Darky Bruce on Roxy, stood on guard during the ceremony, while bagpipe player Barrey Niven from Victor Harbor played his pipes.

Dudley Roberts performed the Ode and the ceremony was led by Rob Ellis. 

Singing the national anthem and other commemorative songs were Kayelene Graham and Fiona Gilbert, Russell Coleman played the bugle and Wayne Loechel played the French horn.

As is tradition everyone was asked to add a poppy to the War Memorial and poppies were handed out by Cherie Kuchel and Cheryl May from the Parndana Progress Association. 

State Member Leon Bignell MP was among those who laid a wreath as did the parents of Sapper Jamie Larcombe, who was killed in action on Afghanistan in 2011.

A highlight of the ceremony was the singing of the New Zealand anthem and then a performance of the haka by the Edwards family, led by Huggy, Mahaki and Kaea.

There were dawn services at Kingscote and American River, while Penneshaw held a mid-morning service.

The American River dawn service was led by pastor Dave Gibson, starting out in darkness with light slowly shining on the crowd gathered at Remembrance Park.

There was breakfast at The Shed after the ceremony.   

Kingscote held its ANZAC Day march down Dauncey Street with marchers ending up at Memorial Park for the ANZAC Commemoration Service, which was led by Pierre Gregor.

Leading the march was former serviceman Dennis Jamieson followed by flag bearers and fellow active and retired servicemen Clive Colenso, David Arnold, Greg Miller and Peter Denholm.

Scott Ellson sang a rousing edition of Spirit of the Anzacs and the Ode was read by Kangaroo Island RSL sub-branch president Wayne Loechel.

The two riders from the KI Light Horse troop attended for the second time in the day as did the bagpipe player.

After the ceremony, the Ozone Hotel provided a free roast lunch for those who attended.

Meanwhile, last week Kangaroo Island sub-branch RSL president Wayne Loechel and helpers raised $700 in seven hours selling poppies and pins outside Drakes supermarket. He thanked everyone who contributed.


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