Peter Hopper is a Vietnam Vet. A former school teacher, he went to war in 1967 and served as an Acting Sergeant at the age of 21.
Peter has been the President of the Shenton Park sub-branch Returned and Services League since 2005 and has run its ANZAC Day service for fourteen years. He says the event has a true local feel, and has been growing bigger every year.
“Most people walk down to our ANZAC service because they live nearby,” he said.
“This year our bugle player is a Shenton College student, we have a representative from Floreat Scouts and students from Rosalie Primary will lay wreaths.
“In my President’s speech I always talk about local servicemen. When people have a sense of the local impact they say, ‘wow, this story is about a chap that lived right here, in this street’,” Peter said.
Two ANZAC services will be held in the City of Subiaco on Thursday 25 April. The Shenton Park service and morning tea will begin at 7am at the Shenton Park Community Centre. The Subiaco service begins with an 8.15am procession down Rokeby Road, followed by a service and morning tea at the Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial.
Peter said he would attend both services because the notion of mateship was still as strong as ever.
“The ANZAC spirit is unifying. Each year guys from the Subiaco RSL sub-branch come to my ANZAC service and every year I walk down to theirs.”
“Mateship and comradery is everything,” Peter said.
For details of the ANZAC Day services, visit www.subiaco.wa.gov.au/events
Pictured: Peter Hopper, President, Shenton Park sub-branch RSL