As Anzac Day looms Unley remembers with a special event planned for the 3rd May.

I like many others, and I suspect many more than we have experienced in the past, will attend the many dawn services around the country in remembrance of those who made the supreme sacrifice. The Unley dawn service at our memorial gardens will be the focus of my commitment.

 

This I feel, and not because it happens to also be my birthday, is probably the most important non-religious day in Australia’s calendar. Our freedom, our way of life we owe to those who fraught in the many conflicts Australia has been involved with.

This year of course marks the centenary of our involvement in the Great War. This war defines our nation probably like no other event.

And that brings me to the point of this blog post.

As Unley remembers the City of Unley and the Unley RSL will be convening a centenary parade by what has become know as Unley’s own, the 10th/27th Battalion. This will commemorate 100 years since this Battalion first marched as they prepared to defend our way of life in the great war.

normal_150508_27th_Battalion_and_Light_Horse_I invite you to come and line the streets like they did back in 1915.

The parade will commence at Marion Street, Unley at 11.00 am on Sunday May 3 and progress down Unley Road to the Memorial Gardens stopping on the way at the Library/Civic Centre.

While there take in the sounds of the bells in the St Augustine’s memorial tower as they toll to mark the occasion and then join us at the Memorial Gardens for a community sausage sizzle and drinks.

 

 

They Shall Not Grow Old

As a youngster, as early as primary School, I learnt the phrase “They Shall Not Grow Old”.

I learnt it at School when at 11.00 am on the 11th day of the 11th month the whole school would take 5 minutes out of their year to remember and honour those before us who fought in and lost their lives in the great war.

Walkerville RSLIt was reinforced week in week out when on a Wednesday evening I would attend the local YMCA which used to be held in the local Walkerville RSL hall. We recited the Ode of Remembrance both before we commenced our activities and on completion. We did this out of respect for the owners of the hall.

Living opposite the gates to the Memorial Gardens in Church Terrace Walkerville added to that recognition of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I have made a point ever since to take 5 minutes out of my day both on Remembrance Day, November 11; and on Anzac Day as a way of starting my birthday, April 25 respectfully.

 

Unley Soldiers Memorial GardensSo tomorrow I will be at the Unley Soldiers Memorial Garden, in my capacity as an elected member of the City of Unley, to represent the Council along with the Mayor and other colleagues who are able to make the time to attend. It is one of the more desirable activities that I get to officially participate in, in my role as an Unley Councillor.

I look forward to being with many others all showing respect and remembering the ultimate sacrifice some made to all ow to have the free society we enjoy today.

And as I contemplate taking time out tomorrow remembering those men and women who have died or suffered in all wars, conflicts and peace operations, I took the opportunity to read an article by our Mayor, Lachlan Clyne in his Mayoral website. Click on the link to read his thoughts.

http://mayorclyne.com/2014/11/09/remembrance-day-2014/

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Lest We Forget

As is my custom I awoke early today, Anzac Day not to celebrate my birthday but to commemorate and give thanks to those before who laid down their lives so that I might be free and be able to celebrate my birthday.

I attended the Anzac Day Dawn Service this morning at The Unley Memorial Gardens, on Unley Road and was astounded at the number who attended.

The numbers have always been good at Unley in my opinion. Generally we would attract 300 or so wishing to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. This morning it was so hard to determine the numbers. It was shoulder to shoulder. Talking with others afterwards the guesses ranged from 500 to 800 and even 1800.

Adding to the ceremony was the ringing of the bells at St Augustine’s Anglican Church across the road, marking the 80th anniversary of the dedication of the bells, on Anzac Day 1933.

Clearly the Anzac Spirit is alive and well.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
They shall not grow old ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Lest We Forget!


Thank you too for the invitation from Goodwood Scouts & Guides to their Anzac Day breakfast. I normally attend the RSL Unley breakfast but was pleased to join the young scouts and guides, who earlier laid rosemary at the Cenotaph at Unley. 

One of the heart warming things about Anzac Day ceremonies is to see the young people. It is for this reason I say that the Anzac tradition will never die.
LEST WE FORGET!

Unley RSL celebrates Anzac Day

The Unley RSL this morning hosted another successful Anzac Day memorial service.

Not as cold as last year and with a few more people, I estimate between 250 and 300, attending the dawn service the RSL gave us a chance to remember those who in (laying down their lives) have made the supreme sacrifice for our country; for me and for you. Those who have displayed the love that our Lord commanded us in John 15:12-17 to do.
Scripture:
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 This I command you, to love one another.
Leading us through the service was the Priest of St Augustine’s Anglican Church of Unley, the Rev Peter Chilver. The Mayor of the City of Unley Mr Lachlan Clyne headed the laying of wreaths.
Rosemary was placed on the Cenotaph by a number of people including Students of Unley High School, Scouts and Guides.
This has always been a special day for me. Alongside Good Friday and Christmas Day it is one of the most important days on the Australian Calendar. Thank you to all who died that I might enjoy the freedom I have today to choose.
May we all be thankful.