EACH ANZAC DAY, THE MOUNT MACEDON WAR MEMORIAL CROSS PROVIDES A SPECTACULAR SETTING FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST DAWN SERVICES IN VICTORIA.
The Service is a commemorative event that honours the sacrifice of veterans, salutes their service and seeks to learn from the experiences of servicemen and servicewomen.
The Mt Macedon Anzac Dawn Service attracts over 3,000 attendees from local communities, metropolitan Melbourne and interstate.
ABOUT THE SERVICE
The Mt Macedon Anzac Day Dawn Service is one of the largest dawn services held in Victoria and is a significant annual event in the Macedon Ranges.
The Service starts at 6 AM and will run for about an hour. The Service uniquely involves students from local high schools reading excerpts from the accounts of veterans.
The Service is not only an important tribute to the men and women who have served, it provides a rare opportunity to educate and reflect on the realities and cost of war.
The Mount Macedon Anzac Day Service is organised by a committee of volunteers that has conducted the event since 2009.
A range of community and government organisations contribute towards the conduct of the Service including the State Emergency Service, the Country Fire Authority, the Australian Defence Force, Parks Victoria, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, St John Ambulance, the Victorian Emergency Management Institute, Scouts Australia and the Kyneton Aero Club.
A number of local suppliers support the Service including Organ’s Coaches, Altus Traffic Management and Pro Electronics.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
From the poem "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon.
We recite The Ode at Anzac Day ceremonies to acknowledge the bravery of those who fell so that others might enjoy peace and freedom.