In 2011 we visited Albany in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. It was a beautiful sunny day and Albany was picture perfect. We spotted a very old church that was open to the public. There was a member of the congregation present who he gave us a tour and some of its history in relation to the ANZAC troops from World War 1.
He told us that a dawn service was held here for the troops, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp who left Australian soil in a convoy of ships in November 1914 for their tour of duty in World War I. This was the very first of what has become an Australian tradition on Anzac Day (25 April each year) where a dawn service is held to remember those who lost their lives in this terrible war. We visited the memorial at the summit of Mt Clarence, overlooking the ocean where the troops departed Australian soil. We remember today on Anzac Day, 25 April 2013, that many of those young men did not return home again.