May 16, 2014  |  Members Statements

Members Statement: Anzac Day

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — I rise to thank William Laker and Kevin Millman, respectively president and secretary of the Keilor East RSL, and their committee for inviting me to participate in the Anzac Day commemoration services this year. The Keilor East RSL annual Anzac commemoration march and service was held at the cenotaph at the Neil Heinze Reserve in Essendon, opposite the RSL clubrooms, on Sunday, 13 April. On this day I had the added honour of participating in the march past salute as the marchers and dignitaries passed by along Hoffmans Road, Essendon. It was also an honour to lay a wreath in memory of the servicepeople who served our country in times of war and to extend thanks to the brave men and women who continue to do so. I also had the pleasure of attending the Anzac Day dawn service followed by the traditional gunfire breakfast on 25 April, again laying a wreath in appreciation and recognition of those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Well done to Keilor East RSL
on its annual Anzac Day commemoration service.

I take this opportunity to thank members of the Essendon RSL and the City of Moonee Valley for their moving Anzac commemoration service held at the cenotaph in Queens Park, Moonee Ponds, on Sunday, 13 April. In particular I thank president John Griffiths and secretary Ange Kenos of the Essendon RSL as well as Cr Jan Chantry, mayor of the City of Moonee Valley, for their contribution to the event. It was great to see so many local schools out in force, with the Strathmore Secondary College choir providing the accompaniments to the hymns alongside the Moonee Valley Brass ensemble, while students from Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School read the Anzac Requiem. Commendations and well done in commemorating and paying tribute to our brave servicemen and servicewomen.