West Coast communities honour our soldiers at Anzac Day services

Anzac Day services on Thursday morning provided an opportunity for West Coast communities to commemorate those who have served their country.

Dawn services took place at Ceduna, Streaky Bay, Wudinna and Elliston.

At Ceduna, a big crowd gathered for the dawn service at the Soldiers Memorial Park, while following a community breakfast Jimmy Spry carried the Australian flag as he led the march down Poynton Street.

Deputy mayor Ian Bergmann, World War II veteran Melville Dawes and special guest from the Royal Australian Navy Captain Michael Sander took the salute.

Also marching were special guests from the 7th Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment, who came to Ceduna from Adelaide for the occasion.

The march towards the centoaph led into the 11am service, where Captain Sander gave an overview of the history of the day and spoke about why Anzac Day was special.

"We are the beneficiaries of the actions of our first Anzacs and those who have fought for Australia since," he said.

"This is a debt we can never fully repay."

Captain Sander, who flew in from Canberra, said afterwards he enjoyed being part of the Ceduna service.

"It was a fantastic day, it was great to be here and be part of Anzac Day in Ceduna," he said.

"Anzac Day is an opportunity for Australians to reflect about the dedication and service of what people beforehand have done for our country.

"It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifice made, and brings Australians together with a common theme."

Streaky Bay's dawn service took place at the jetty platform and after breakfast at the Streaky Bay Hotel the march made its way to the RSL Hall for the 11am service and then lunch.

The Wudinna community was also out in force for the dawn service which was hosted at Standley Park, before a community breakfast at the Wudinna Community Club.

Meanwhile, a good crowd of young and young at heart made their way to the Elliston Memorial Monument for the dawn service, which was followed by breakfast at Elliston RSL Memorial Children's Centre.