Both the Croydon and Ringwood RSLs hold a march on the Sunday prior to Anzac Day. While iI previously attended the march in Ringwood, this year I decided to participate in Croydon’s march, as I am planning to attend the Dawn Service in Ringwood.
The march began on the corner of Hewish Road and Main Street in Croydon and was a genuine community event, with many participants either joining in the march or watching from the footpaths.
The march proceeded though Mount Dandenong Road and onto James Stevens Memorial Lawn at Civic Square in Croydon. The service included participation from the local schools and it was encouraging to see such a strong community atmosphere with the event.
As the Mayor of Maroondah I was invited to welcome the guests and to offer our respect to the many service men and women who have served this country.
The speech is included within this post:
Good afternoon and welcome here today on behalf on Maroondah City Council. This Anzac service enables us to remember the contribution of Australian soldiers and is an important reminder of Australia’s involvement in conflicts around the world.
Australian servicemen and women have made vital contributions to many conflicts and it is important that the community does not forget or discount this important aspect of our shared history.
ANZAC Day also offers families of servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country an opportunity to recognise and remember that contribution.
It is heartening to see the strong community participation within today’s service and I would like to give thanks to the many people that support RSLs and organisations that preserve the memories of our fallen servicemen and women, and also to provide support for veterans and their families.
The Maroondah community gives thanks for the service of our fellow countrymen and women, and commits to preserve their memory forever.
Lest We Forget.