Anzac Day 100th anniversary
This year’s Anzac Day tribute will mark 100 years since the landings at Gallipoli in the First World War. It brought out an appearance of true spirit from Australian and New Zealand services. This day gives reflection and honours those who gave themselves in the line of battle. In the 1920s, ANZAC Day was recognised as a national day of honouring our Diggers.
Bendigo’s involvement in the First World War included almost 4000 people who enlisted by recruitment which happened at the Town Hall with volunteers joining the cause. As some joined the 6th, 7th, 14th and 57th Battalions, Bendigo’s 38th Battalion, whose training camp was at the Epsom Racecourse, was then sent out to the battle front of France and Belgium. This Battalion gave service in Messines and was a major player in many battles.
When the First World War had ended, many communities had placed the names of the ones who were killed onto memorial plaques and honour rolls, as well as planting trees. Some examples of these tributes include Pall Mall’s Soldier’s Memorial and the Arch of Triumph in White Hills.
Every Anzac Day, Bendigo has many services and this year includes Bendigo Central March from the Soldier’s Memorial Institute, through Pall Mall to View Point, with the service starting at 6am. The Eaglehawk Service is held at Brassery Square, and Kangaroo Flat Service at High St’s Soldier’s Memorial.
Another tribute to commemorate this Year’s Anzac Day is Bendigo’s restoring of a tram which helped to move men and women who served in World War I. Adding to this is The Bendigo Anzac Centenary website which was launched last year and was a joint venture between Bendigo District RSL and Bendigo City, to tell the stories of local soldier’s involvement in the First World War.
Ode of Remembrance
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.