Panmure Action Group, Warrnambool RSL, and Mt Wellington Panmure RSA joining together in Panmure Victoria on Anzac Day 2017 to reinforce the Anzac Spirit and shared conflict history.
Our parade will commence at 2pm. Leaving from the corner of Church Street and marching south along the service road parallel to the Princes Highway to arrive at the Panmure Memorial at 2:10pm. It will feature two mounted soldiers and one foot soldier each wearing uniforms from the First World War and representing Australia, New Zealand, and England. The foot soldier will be pushing a bicycle that will be ridden around the battlefields of the First World War as a fund raiser during 2017 by David McGinness from the Warrnambool RSL. David will be one of the mounted soldiers.
The service will commence shortly after 2 pm and will include the presentation of an Australian flag. This particular flag was flown over the Canberra War Memorial and presented there in February to members of the Panmure Action Group by Australian Minister for Veterans Affairs Dan Tehan in the company of the NZ High Commissioner Chris Seed. This flag will be presented to the Padre of the Mt Wellington Panmure RSA, Major Colin Burgess, as a gift from the people of Panmure Victoria to the RSA of Panmure New Zealand.
At 2.20 pm there will be an Airforce flyover of two Beechcraft Kingair 350 aircraft, flown by members of 32 Squadron.
The New Zealand connection will be evident in our ceremony more than usual this year as we seek to reinforce that Anzac Day is about two countries fighting a common cause together. The national anthem of New Zealand will be sung in native Māori by students of Brauer College Warrnambool. The united choirs of Cudgee and Panmure Primary Schools will sing the Australian anthem. A senior Brauer student will also read a short piece commemorating the Anzac spirit. Major Burgess will read and lead the prayers and speak about the connections being forged this day. The flag will be formally presented to him.
A new honour roll commemorating Second World War enlistments from Panmure and district will be unveiled on the memorial by the son of one of the listed. This mirrors the First World War roll opposite.
Representatives of many organisations will be present to lay wreaths, including one from the Australian Defence Force and a group of Warrnambool Airforce Cadets. Veterans from the Second World War, Vietnam, and more modern conflicts will also be present taking flag bearing and honoured guest roles – including Mr M Shanahan aged 98.
The service will conclude with the haunting sound of “Flowers in the Field” played on bagpipes by Donald Blair supported by band members.
After the service all present will be invited to partake of refreshments in the Panmure Mechanics Institute Hall, where a number of displays will highlight Anzac events. The CWA of Panmure are catering. Also featured during the supper will be the playing of the recorded footage of the Last Post Ceremony in Canberra where the Panmure Action Group members went to lay wreaths and collect the flag in February this year.
Invitations have been extended to all in our communities, with a special emphasis on creating a sense of a “home” Anzac Day service for local people from New Zealand now residing in South West Victoria.
There will be a number of roads with changed access to accommodate community safety during the service. Please arrive with sufficient time to park at the Recreation Reserve and walk to assemble for the parade or at memorial. We recommend you arrive in Panmure at least 25 minutes prior to the start time.