MEN and women who served Australia in times of conflict marched in a commemorative Anzac ceremony at Glen Waverley yesterday.
The march began at Waverley RSL and travelled along Kingsway to the cenotaph near the Civic Centre.
During the ceremony, veterans and community groups laid wreaths at the cenotaph.
The winner of the Waverley RSL’s Norman ASmith Memorial Scholarship award in 2004, Courtney Crane, spoke about the importance of Anzac Day and
piper James Cooper performed at the service for the 25th consecutive year.
The service, held a week before Anzac Day, gives Monash veterans a chance to march with fellow service men and women to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on Sunday.
Waverley RSL president Neil Slaughter said the increasing interest in Australia’s Anzac heritage in recent years was a fitting tribute to the sacrifice of many. “The freedom and relative safety we enjoy today is largely borne on the heritage of a ‘fair go’, courage, mateship and our resilient and unique sense of humour – all outstanding Anzac traits.
“The resolve of our troops under continued and deadly hostile fire and unthinkably atrocious living conditions on the Gallipoli Peninsula all those years ago can only be imagined today.”