The region will pause for a minute of silence to commemorate Remembrance Day on Saturday, in recognition of Australia’s servicemen and women.
While Saturday marks the 105th anniversary of the end of World War One, commemorations will also acknowledge those who died in the line of duty in other wars and conflicts.
The Remembrance Day services, organised by the Returned and Services League, RSL, sub-branches, will allow Australians to honour veterans and those currently serving.
Mitchell and Macedon Ranges Shires
Kilmore Wallan RSL sub-branch will conduct two services, one at the Kilmore cenotaph at Hudson Park in Kilmore and another at Hadfield Park in Wallan, both commencing at 10.30am.
Romsey Lancefield RSL sub-branch will also host a service at 11am at the Lancefield cenotaph on High Street, Lancefield.
Broadford RSL sub-branch will host its service at Memorial Park at High Street, Broadford, commencing at 10.50am. Refreshments will be served at the back deck of the RSL at 27 Murchison St after the service should people wish to attend.
Seymour RSL sub-branch will host a service at the Seymour District Memorial Hospital gates at Brettoneux Street at 10.30am.
City of Whittlesea
Doreen RSL sub-branch president Wes Wridgway said it was important to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the protection of our freedom.
“Pausing for one minute at 11am on November 11 is a small sacrifice from our day to remember not only those aforementioned brave souls, but also the many thousands of service men and women who have since served in our Defence Force in the many and more recent conflicts and peace keeping operations throughout the world,” he said.
The Doreen RSL sub-branch is hosting a service at the Doreen centopath, at the corner of Painted Hills and Armidale roads, Doreen, from 10:30am.
Whittlesea RSL sub-branch will host an assembly at the Arch Memorial, at the corner of Walnut and Forest streets, Whittlesea, at 10:45am.
The service will commence with two minute’s silence at 11am, followed by a prayer, the president’s address, and wreath laying and conclude with the Last Post, The Ode and Rouse, a closing prayer and the National Anthem.
People can also lay wreaths or posies.
There is a second ceremony that will be conducted at the Soldiers Memorial, corner of Church and Laurel streets, at 11:45am, which will honour L G Wilson, a prominent resident who rendered significant service during World War One. Refreshments will be served at the Whittlesea Bowls Club on conclusion.
Whittlesea RSL sub-branch Secretary Denys Potts said all were welcome to attend.