ANZAC Day 2019 across Kangaroo Island | PHOTOS

Big crowds on Kangaroo Island commemorated ANZAC Day for 2019.

The day started with very well-attended dawn services at both Kingscote and American River.

Attending and speaking at the American River dawn service were serving military couple Warrant Officer Julianne Cocks and Petty Officer Troy Hurd.

The are in active service with the Royal Australian Navy at HMAS Kuttabul at Potts Point, Sydney, but also have a holiday house at American River.

Warrant Officer Cocks spent her holidays on KI while growing up and is a descendant of the Bald and Burgess families.

Pastor David Gibson officiated the dawn service at Remembrance Park on the shores of American River, after which the crowd retired to The Shed for tea, juice and toast.

Parndana and Penneshaw both held mid-morning services.

A crowd of more than 200 attended the service at the Parndana War Memorial, organised by the progress association and officiated by Kate Stanton.

Performing at the service were singer Michelle Grootenboer and pianist Olivia Baker, who performed numbers from their show "We'll Meet Again - Songs for Anzacs".

They provided a free show later that morning the Parndana Hotel, where there was also a breakfast with eggs supplied by Fryar's egg farm.

The pair, dressed in classic military uniforms, will also be putting on a show 7.30pm Friday, April 26 at the Stokes Bay Hall, and 3.30pm Saturday, April 27 at The Shed, American River.

They will also perform a show for the residents in the KI hospital on the Friday, bringing audiences tunes that brought hope to our troops.

The ANZAC Day march through Kingscote was led by Warrant Officer Julianne Cocks, followed by fellow flag bearers , Greg Miller and Peter Denholm.

Rodger Borgmeyer on Jezebel and Darky Bruce on Morphy represented the Australian Lighthorse at both the Parndana and Kingscote services.

After the service at the War Memorial led by Pierre Gregor of KI Legacy, the crowd retired for drink and snacks at the Aurora Ozone Hotel.

The KI RSL sub-branch then held a committee meeting at the Town Hall where Warrant Officer Julianne Cocks was the guest speaker.

Her talk went for 1.5 hours and there were 11 people present.

She said she was going to share experiences of serving in the modern military compared with the lives led by veterans.

"I'll be speaking about current service and how different it was back then," she said.

KI RSL sub branch have banked $1005 collected over seven hours last Monday and Tuesday outside Drakes supermarket.

"Much of it was simply donations, so thank you, the very generous people of KI," Mr Loechel said.

"Of course it may not have been so high without the good looks, wit and charm of David Mancer, who stood in for Jim Browne."

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