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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.
ABOUT THE SERVICE
“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.
ATTEND THE SERVICE
In order to provide a safe and orderly event, private vehicles (including cars, motorcycles and bicycles) are not permitted to travel to the Mount Macedon War Memorial Cross on Anzac Day morning.
To attend the Service you must book a seat in one of the buses that move people to and from the Mount Macedon War Memorial Cross. Bus services operate from Gisborne, Woodend, Sunbury, Kyneton, Riddells Creek, Lancefield and Romsey with continuous shuttle buses from Macedon’s Tony Clarke Reserve from 4.15 AM. The bus schedule is promulgated several weeks before Anzac Day.
Please ensure that you dress for the weather and bring a water bottle and a torch. Attendance is free but please bring some cash in the event you would like to purchase a snack or drink. Any donation towards the ongoing conduct of the service is appreciated.
At all times please remember that this is a community event run by volunteers. We strive to put on a well organised and professional event but given the location, things can and will go wrong. Please be patient and courteous to others.
Attend The Service
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