Dawn salute in driveway

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Australian Army soldier Bronte Anderson paid her respects in uniform at dawn on Saturday.
Camera IconAustralian Army soldier Bronte Anderson paid her respects in uniform at dawn on Saturday. Credit: supplied

Tributes to fallen heroes flowed from doorsteps on Saturday as the Capes paid respect on Anzac Day.

Thousands of residents awoke before sunrise, marching to their driveways to stand in solemn silence.

Broadwater resident Jennifer Russell said she awoke to the sound of the bugle.

“I threw on a dressing gown and went to the front door,” she said. “It was dark outside but I could see flickering lights across the road.

“Some neighbours lined the street with candles and there were residents of the Masonic Village standing solemnly around the lights, bowed heads, respectful silence, dogs to attention.

“It’s heartwarming to know that in these difficult times, people from all over make the effort to show respect to our servicemen and women.”

Two of the servicemen present were Keith McKinnon, 98, and John Frear, 74 , who donned their medals and stood to attention remembering their mates.

Australian Army Pte Bronte Anderson said it meant a lot to wear her uniform and pay her respects on Anzac Day.

“Wearing the uniform makes me feel more connected to them, it’s important and such a sad day,” she said.

“Each year we remember them.”

The 19-year-old said the ceremony made her proud to be Australian and she would follow in the footsteps of those brave men and women who fought on the shores of Gallipoli

“I feel like times have changed and they gave a lot, but yes I would be so proud to represent my country,” she said.

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