This Anzac Day, Mt Barker RSL will be hosting services to commemorate the members of the community who served and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Mt Barker’s service will start with a dawn service at the War Memorial in Centenary Park at 6.15 am followed by a gunfire breakfast at the Mt Barker RSL from 6.45am-8am. At 10.25 am the Anzac Day march will step off from the Mt Barker CRC and finish at the war memorial. The march past and salute will be received by a Royal Australian Navy submariner and chief petty officer. The march will be followed by the Anzac Day service and wreath-laying by the local community including the RSL, St Johns, Pardelup Prison and Mt Barker Community College and a fly-past following Albany’s after 11 am. Mt Barker RSL sub-branch president Stuart Campbell said attendance for Anzac Day had been increasing every year except during the height of COVID when the community participated in a stay-at-home vigil. “A lot of people stood out at the bottom of their property, many in the middle of nowhere on farms,” he said. “The RSL is pulling out all stops to greet more and more people for the gunfire breakfast. “The community feel and the mateship of our community shines through this sad day, and it is a sad day. “People gave the ultimate sacrifice, we honour them and we honour those people who came back and showed us what mateship is all about. “I think that’s what our modern-day Australia runs on.” Nationally, this Anzac Day also commemorates the 50-year anniversary of when Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War ended. Australian troops were withdrawn from Vietnam in 1972, before the end of the war, with some returning in 1975 to assist with evacuation and humanitarian efforts in the final days of the war. Mr Campbell said despite the national focus on Veithnam the local service would focus on commemorating those who served in all conflicts. “We think Anzac Day is an inclusive day for all wars and conflicts,” he said.