Adelaide River plays host to special Anzac Day event

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: Piper Anne Smith and RAAF Tindal personnel at last year's service.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM: Piper Anne Smith and RAAF Tindal personnel at last year's service. CarolineCamilleri

THE Anzac Day dawn service will once again draw thousands of visitors to the town of Adelaide River, 112km south of Darwin.

Every year, the Adelaide River War Graves sets the scene for an unforgettable and emotional Anzac experience.

As the sun rises and the bugle sounds the Last Post, it gives those in attendance the unique opportunity to pay their respects to those who fell for our country.

The Coomalie Community Government Council holds the commemoration every year, and it has become one of the iconic symbols of the Anzac spirit in the NT.

The service is held at the Adelaide River War Graves, a significant memorial site maintained by the Office of Australian War Graves and visited by people from all over the world.

During the Second World War, Adelaide River was the military headquarters for a large base, and the war cemetery was created especially for the burial of servicemen who died in this part of Australia.

Adelaide River War Cemetery now contains 436 Commonwealth burials from the Second World War.

More than 2800 people attended last year's commemorative service and similar numbers are expected again this year.

The event is supported by the Northern Territory Government and many local volunteers in the Coomalie region work hard to ensure the dawn service event is a safe and memorable event.

The dawn service starts at 5.30am and traffic restrictions are in place, so it is recommended visitors make an early start.

A gunfire breakfast will be held at 7am at the Adelaide River Showgrounds.

There is a $5 cost at the breakfast, and there will be a RAAF flyover, the Waler Horses will be on display, two-up will be played and the NT Arms Collectors Association will have a display.

Topics:  anzac 2017 anzac day anzac service northern territory

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