November 8, 2019

Remembrance Day Services & 100th Year Anniversary of Macleod Avenue of Honour  

Remembrance Day services are held across Australia to commemorate and remember all Australians who have died from war and armed conflict, with a minutes silence at 11am on 11 November, as a sign of respect and a time for reflection.

Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP encouraged community participation in local services.

2018 was the 100th year anniversary since the end of fighting on the Western Front in World War 1, also known as Armistice Day.

This year marks the 100th year anniversary for the Macleod Avenue of Honour. The Avenue, along Cherry St in Macleod was first planted in 1919 in memory of fallen comrades by World War 1 veterans who were patients at the Australian General Hospital, Mont Park. Further plantings were made after World War 2.

The Avenue is unusual in that Australian native Sugar Gums were planted, rather than the more traditional elms and oaks. A commemorative plaque is located at the end of the Avenue near the corner of Waiora Rd and Cherry St.

The annual Avenue of Honour Remembrance Day Service was held on Sunday 3 May.  Due to the inclement weather this year, the service was relocated to the Springthorpe Retirement Village Community Centre.

A service was held at RSL on Bell, on Sunday 10 November and on Remembrance Day, Monday 11 November at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and Watsonia RSL.

Anthony Carbines encouraged locals to visit the Macleod Avenue of Honour and to attend the ceremonies that are conducted each ANZAC and Remembrance Day.