Australian flags adorning over 3500 memorial headstones will also provide a moving backdrop for the cemetery’s annual tradition, which will this year commemorate the Anzac Centenary.
The Anzac Centenary marks 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. Representatives from State Government, local councils, the Army, Navy and Air Force, Returned Services League, ex-service organisations and local schools will join together to honour the sacrifices of those who have fallen and served in times of war.
From Saturday 1 November until Tuesday 2 December, Centennial Park will host History SA/Veteran SA’s travelling historical exhibition The Bravest of the Brave in honour of the Anzac Centenary.
The exhibition will tell the stories of eight ordinary men who on one day of their lives, under extraordinary circumstances, demonstrated extraordinary heroism for their comrades and country.
It will include replica medals, photos and personal profiles of SA soldiers Arthur Blackburn, Phillip Davey, Roy Inwood, Jørgen Jensen, John Leak, Arthur Sullivan, Lawrence Weathers and James Park Woods.
Centennial Park’s service will take place in Derrick Gardens beneath two pine trees reputedly grown from the seeds of Lone Pine in Turkey, the site of Australia’s main war memorial in Gallipoli where the Battle of Lone Pine was fought in 1915.
Year 12 Scotch College student, Harriet Whittle, will give an address and the Scotch College pipes and drums band and Walford Girls choir will perform.
A bugler will play the Last Post at 11am and this will be followed by one minute of silence. Official guests and members of the public will be invited to place a wreath at the Cross of Remembrance.
“The bravery and sacrifice of Australian soldiers in World War I should never be forgotten. Our upcoming Remembrance Day service will be a poignant tribute to honour and commemorate the lives of those who were lost,” said Centennial Park Chief Executive Officer, Mr Bryan Elliott.
Centennial Park is South Australia’s largest cemetery for returned servicemen and women.
What: Centennial Park Cemetery’s Remembrance Day service.
When: Tuesday 11 November at 10:30am.
Where: Cross of Remembrance, Derrick Gardens, Centennial Park at 760 Goodwood Road, Pasadena.
Access is via Jubilee Complex entry, off Goodwood Road. Parking is available in the Jubilee Complex car park, located next to Derrick Gardens.