Anzac Day events across the region
Ararat Rural City
Ararat: 6am, dawn service, Barkly Street, war memorial; 10am, march, step off Edith Cavell Monument. Willaura: 6am, dawn service at cenotaph; 9am, march and commemorative service, cenotaph.
Dimboola: 6am, dawn service at Dimboola Memorial site, guest speaker, Charlie Rees; 6.30am, breakfast at Dimboola Memorial Secondary College; 8.30am, march leaving from the college followed by wreath laying at the cenotaph; commemoration in secondary college auditorium with guest speaker LCDR Lachlan Sowden RAN, supported by Nhill-dimboola Brass Band, local Cub, Scouts and Girl Guide groups, Dimboola schools and Dimboola RSL. Jeparit: 6am, dawn service at Broadway Memorial followed by breakfast at RSL clubrooms; 11am, Anzac memorial service at Jeparit Memorial Hall, guest speaker is Andrew Almond; following the service a march will proceed to the Broadway Memorial for a wreath-laying service; barbecue lunch to follow at RSL clubrooms. Nhill: 6.30am, dawn service at the war memorial statue in Goldsworthy Park; barbecue breakfast to follow, hosted by Rotary, gold coin donation; 10.30am, wreath laying at the cenotaph followed by gathering for a march to Nhill Memorial Community Centre; 11am, service at Nhill Memorial Community Centre, guest speaker is Henry Berry; morning tea to follow in the soldiers lounge. Rainbow: 9.45am, assemble at the cenotaph, followed by gathering for a march; service to follow at the MECCA, Federal Street in Rainbow, address by local speakers; morning tea in Rainbow RSL supper room.
Horsham Rural City
Horsham: 6am, gather at Horsham Cenotaph for dawn service; 6.15am, march assembly at the corner of Hocking and Firebrace streets; march to cenotaph; 6.30am, dawn service at cenotaph, guest speaker, Major David Ellis, laying of wreaths, Ode, Last Post, minute’s silence, Rouse; 7.10am, guests invited to return to Horsham RSL for light breakfast.
9.45am, march assembly in Mclachlan Street, adjacent to RSL entrance; march from RSL to cenotaph; 11am, commemorative service at cenotaph, Welcome to Country, Anzac Requiem, guest speaker Major David Ellis, wreath laying, Ode, Last Post, Rouse, National Anthems. Natimuk: 10.30am, march to assemble at corner of Main and Jory streets, relatives of ex-servicemen invited to join the march. March will pause at the band rotunda to lay wreaths; 11am, Anzac service in Soldiers Memorial Hall, guest speaker, Lieutenant Delphine Astier, 128 Transport Troup, Horsham; Natimuk Brass Band will play during the march and service.
Great Western: 9am, march and service, guest speakers will be Stawell Secondary College students. Stawell: 6am, dawn service at Stawell War Memorial in Main Street, followed by a gun-fire breakfast at Stawell Town Hall; 11am, march and commemorative service at war memorial, guest speaker, Member for Ripon Louise Staley; refreshments at Stawell RSL will follow the service. St Arnaud: 6am, dawn service at St Arnaud War Memorial near the town hall, followed by breakfast in Liberty Hall; 10.30am, wreath laying at war memorial, followed by a march from the memorial to Liberty Hall for an 11am service.
Apsley:10:45am, assemble at war memorials; 11am, march to town hall; 11:15am, Anzac Day service, guest speaker, Major Melissa Hopkins; march to war memorials for laying of wreaths; light lunch provided in RSL hall. Host, Langkoop-apsley RSL Sub-branch. Edenhope: 8am, ‘Moose’s Breakfast’ at RSL hall, Langford Street, $5 a head, memberships available; 10:30am, Anzac Day service at cenotaph, followed by service at Edenhope Mechanics Hall, guest speaker, followed by light refreshments at RSL hall to watch the AFL Anzac Day memorial football match, Essendon v Collingwood. Host, Edenhope RSL Sub-branch. Note, any groups-organisations-family members of First World War veterans who wish to lay a wreath should call RSL secretary Mal Hunting on 0428 352 705. Goroke: 10am, march from police station to war memorial – assemble at 9:30am; memorial service in Goroke Hall, guest speaker, Pam Cupper, author and former history teacher, wreath and cross laying at war memorial; morning tea and display of memorabilia in Goroke Hall, bring a plate for morning tea, inquiries to 0429 959 909. Host, Goroke War Memorial Committee, assisted by Goroke P12 Advance Group. Harrow: 10:30am, ecumenical service at Harrow RSL Hall; 11am, march past of veterans and RSL members with piper Andrew Teusner, guest speaker, Leading Senior Constable Jim Richardson of Goroke Police Station; wreath-laying ceremony followed by The Last Post, Reveille and National Anthem; morning tea and refreshments at hall, a donation would be appreciated. Host, Harrow RSL Sub-branch. Kaniva: 10:30am, assemble at RSL park-band park for 10:55am start, Anzac Day service at cenotaph, followed by refreshments at Club Hotel, 54 Commercial Street, Kaniva, gold coin donation. Host, Kaniva RSL Subbranch.
Beulah: 11am, ceremony at Beulah Recreation Reserve memorial gates; barbecue at lake reserve to follow. Brim: 8:45am, assemble at Brim Memorial Hall; 9am, service. Hopetoun: 6am, dawn service at Hopetoun RSL Hall, followed by breakfast; 10am, Anzac Day ceremony at memorial hall, gold coin donation. Minyip: 9.15am, dedication of First World War Memorial, 9.30am, march starts from Minyip Memorial Gates, followed by a service at the memorial hall. Murtoa: 6am, dawn service at Murtoa Memorial Gates; 11.30am, march from fire station, followed by a service at the memorial gates. Patchewollock: 10.45am, assemble at the front of Patchewollock Hotel followed by a ceremony and light lunch in Patchewollock Hall; guest speaker Colin Mack. Rupanyup: 9.45am, march starts from police station, followed by service at Rupanyup Memorial Hall; unveiling of the pillars following morning tea. Sheep Hills: 7am, march from Boolite Road corner, folowed by service at the Cenotaph. Warracknabeal: 10.30am, march assembly at the corner of Milbourne and Scott streets, followed by march and wreath-laying ceremony at the Anzac park gates; guest speaker, Graeme Massey. Woomelang: 9am, service at Woomelang Group School, morning tea at the school to follow.