Our parade will commence at 2pm. Leaving from the corner of Church Street and marching south along Harris Street parallel to the Princes Highway to arrive at the Panmure Memorial at 2:10pm. It will feature two mounted soldiers and one foot soldier each wearing uniforms from World War One and representing Australia, New Zealand, and England. The foot soldier will be pushing a bicycle that will be ridden around the battlefields of WW1 as a fund raiser during 2017 by David McGinness from the Warrnambool RSL. David will be one of the mounted soldiers.
At 2.15pm the service will commence and will include the presentation of an Australian Flag. This particular flag was flown over the Canberra War Memorial and presented there in February to members of the Panmure Action Group by Australian Minister for Veterans Affairs Dan Tehan in the company of the NZ High Commissioner Chris Seed. This flag will be presented to the Padre of the Mt Wellington Panmure RSA, Major Colin Burgess, as a gift from the people of Panmure Victoria to the RSA of Panmure New Zealand.
The New Zealand connection will be evident in our ceremony more than usual this year as we seek to reinforce that ANZAC Day is about two countries fighting a common cause together. The National Anthem of New Zealand will be sung in native Maori by students of Brauer College Warrnambool. The united choirs of Cudgee and Panmure Primary Schools will sing the Australian anthem. A senior Brauer student will also read a short piece commemorating the ANZAC spirit. Major Burgess will read and lead the prayers and speak about the connections being forged this day. The flag will be formally presented to him.
A new honour roll commemorating WW2 enlistments from Panmure and district will be unveiled on the memorial by the son of one of the listed. This mirrors the WW1 roll opposite.
Representatives of many organisations will be present to lay wreaths, including one from the Australian Defence Force and a group of Warrnambool Airforce Cadets. Veterans from WW2, Vietnam, and more modern conflicts will also be present taking flag bearing and honoured guest roles – including Mr M Shanahan aged 98 a WW2 veteran from Panmure.
The service will conclude with the haunting sound of “Flowers in the Field” played on bagpipes by Donald Blair supported by band members.
After the service all present will be invited to partake of refreshments in the Panmure Mechanics Institute Hall, where a number of displays will highlight ANZAC events. The CWA of Panmure are catering. Also featured during the supper will be the playing of the recorded footage of the Last Post Ceremony in Canberra where the Panmure Action Group members went to lay wreaths and collect the flag in February this year.
Invitations have been extended to all in our communities, with a special emphasis on creating a sense of a “home” ANZAC Day service for local people from NZ now residing in South West Victoria.
Parking will be available at the Recreation Reserve which can be accessed via chruch street from the Princes Highway. People are encouraged to arrive early to give sufficient time to park and walk the short distance to the Memorial Park. Harris Street South will be closed to vehicles during the event. People with disabilities are encouraged to arrive early so that gaining a place close to the service can be organised by volunteers. This is a free event open to all.
For more information about this event, contact:
Mrs Lisette Mill, Group Secretary