Where: Lake Macquarie Memorial Park, 405 Cessnock Road, Ryhope
When: Thursday, 25th April, 2019
Details: The 104th Anniversary of ANZAC Day Service.
A beautiful and moving ANZAC Day Service will take place from 9am on 25th April at Lake Macquarie Memorial Park in memory of the Australian and New Zealand service men and women who have served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
On the day, people in Lake Macquarie are encouraged to join well-wishers as members of the Toronto RSL Sub-Branch and 217 Army Cadet Unit (ACU) Lake Macquarie acknowledge those who have served in Australia’s military.
The ceremony will provide a moment for remembrance, gratitude and thankfulness to these Australian heroes says Garry Bellenger Family Services Manager at Lake Macquarie Memorial Park: “ANZAC Day provides a chance to collectively give thanks for the opportunity to live in this amazing country and for the people who have served it. We hope that the local community will join us to pay respects to these service men and women and continue to honour their legacy. It will be a time for reverence, but also a celebration of our country’s most valiant heroes.”
ANZAC Day was created to remember the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, known as the ANZACs who participated in the Gallipoli campaign, the first Australian engagement World War One. Since then it has gone on to encompass all Australians and New Zealanders who have served their country and has become a part of our cultural identities.
The ANZAC Day Service was devised by the team at Lake Macquarie Memorial Park to give the community a place to gather and pay respects. Held in collaboration with Ron Mitcherson President Toronto RSL Sub Branch the event will also include a pastoral address by Reverend Julie Turnbull, the beautiful harmonies of “The Librans” and light refreshments after the ceremony at the Remembrance Garden, situated in the grounds of the picturesque Lake Macquarie Memorial Park.
“ANZAC Day is far more than another public holiday; at its core it’s about celebrating what’s great about Australia and being Australian, which we owe largely to the men and women who bravely served their country at Gallipoli and right up to the current day,” concludes Garry Bellenger.