ANZAC Day Report Monday 25th April 2016

Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service. The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

Anzac Day 2016 was a memorable day with large crowds in attendance at both the Dawn and Main Services. Those in attendance at the Dawn Service were treated to a hot breakfast provided by Jamax Catering staff. Over 350 breakfasts’ were provided.

At nine thirty, a large crowd marched along Station Street to the Cenotaph where numerous floral tributes were laid prior to the remainder of the service being held inside the L F Payne Hall. The Shrine Guard were troops from 5th/6th Infantry Battalion Royal Victorian Regiment.

On completion of the march and wreath laying, the service concluded inside the L F Payne Hall where our guest speakers, India Thomas and Lawerence Vlahos, year six students and School Captains from Aspendale Primary School, delivered inspiring speeches to the assembled crowd. Many thanks to these young students on their excellent presentations. It is anticipated that our policy of inviting year six students from local primary schools to be our guest speakers on ANZAC Day will continue in the forthcoming years.

After lunch two up began in the Town Hall, for which Pat Brennan was the ringer. Pat had a very hoarse voice by the end of the day. Well done and many thanks once again Paddy! During the course of two up a collection bucket was circulated throughout the crowd. This money has been paid into the Patriotic Welfare Account and can only be utilised for welfare for Veterans and their dependents.

  • The photos above were supplied by Phil Wall from Chelsea SES.