Anzac Day services carried on throughout the Lower South West on Sunday despite a snap three-day lockdown impacting plans in the Perth and Peel regions. Hundreds gathered in Manjimup for the day which began with a dawn service at the Coronation Park war memorial in the town centre. Manjimup RSL president Rex Brown MC’d the ceremony and was joined by a handful of others to commemorate the nation’s service men and women. The public was also invited to a “gunfire breakfast” at the RSL hall following the dawn service. Crowds returned again mid-morning for a march from the Imperials Football Club down Brockman Street to the memorial for a second service, followed by drinks and games of two-up. The Manjimup RSL had also planned to include a catafalque party at the services with members of the Royal Australian Navy but they were unable to attend due to the lockdown. Mr Brown said he was pleased with how the day turned out despite complications from the lockdown. “I reckon it was absolutely fantastic,” he said. “With the crisis of the COVID and all that sort of stuff, and we couldn’t get a guest speaker, but every-thing fell into place pretty good I thought.” Mr Brown thanked the number of people who put their hands up to volunteer and help the day go ahead as planned. At the Bridgetown Anzac service there was a motorcade set up to transport the area’s only known Second World War veteran, Vern Daulby, to the cenotaph. Following the laying of the wreaths and the reveille, Bridgetown RSL branch president Terry Linz, who has been in the position for more than 10 years, said the turn out was very good. “I thought it was great,” he said. When asked why he became involved in the RSL to begin with he said he felt it was paramount to the area and its veterans. “I just thought every country town, every town, needs an RSL,” he said. “It’s just to pay our respects to the fellas who didn’t come back from war or those who did come back from war who came back injured or with mental illness. “So really you’re doing it for the people.” Greenbushes dawn service also gathered a crowd of nearly 100 people. Greenbushes RSL president Trevor Bottomley noted the importance of local RSLs to their communities. “I did 13 years service and it was some of the best times of my life,” he said. “So, I just wanted to keep that camaraderie, the friendship going through the people that served.” Elsewhere in the region, crowds were able to enjoy full services once again after last year confined people to their driveways, with towns such as Boyup Brook, Nannup, Pemberton, Northcliffe and Walpole all able to deliver ceremonies for locals to pay their respects. This year also marked the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force.