The Friends of ANZAC Cottage will commemorate Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 10, 2019 commencing at 3:00pm. The various activities will conclude with their traditional and evocative Sunset Service at 5.30pm; the last service to be held on the Australian mainland.
All are welcome to attend this 'moving' ceremony at 'the going down of the sun' commemorating the cessation of hostilities in World War I.
The Ode, from For the Fallen, by Laurence Binyon, recited each Remembrance Day, reinforces our commitment to 'remember them, lest we forget'.
'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.'
Free activities for children
The commemorative activities at the Cottage will begin at 3.00pm, featuring a free poppy making workshop for children, which will help to pay tribute to those veterans who are remembered in the 'Field of Remembrance'.
The children always enjoy making the poppies and then placing them in remembrance.
The 'Field of Remembrance' is comprised of white crosses dedicated by community members to family members and loved ones who have served Australia in wartime and many of whom are buried overseas. Furthermore, this occasion is often regarded as an opportunity to commemorate those who are buried overseas.
Hence, an open invitation to anyone attending the ceremony, to place a poppy in remembrance, respect, and honour of those who have fallen in any of the conflicts in which this nation has taken part. Consequently, visitors to the Cottage are welcome to add to this display using the crosses supplied by the Friends of ANZAC Cottage.
Amazing stories and artefacts
Archaeologist Sue Carter will share stories and the significance of some of the battlefield artefacts she has collected from European battle sites.
Crowds gather at the Esplanade in Perth to celebrate the Armistice in 1918 (Photo courtesy of the State Library of Western Australia).
The amazing Rockingham 10th Light Horse Group will be there with their beautiful horses, paying tribute to those animals that served alongside our servicemen and women in times of war. Take this opportunity to learn more about the inspiring story of this modest Cottage, the first war memorial to World War I to be built Western Australia.
The ANZAC Flag
The unique ANZAC Flag, atop the flagpole with an interesting history.
The ANZAC Flag dates from 1916, when the flag was raised at 5:00pm on February 12, 1916; the day that ANZAC Cottage was constructed. It appears that this flag is unique, in that additions and alterations to the flag are illegal; being fashioned before this law was passed. Interestingly, the flagpole has its own story, commemorating a young soldier who gave his life at Gallipoli, adding special significance to the ceremony and the commemoration.
The memorial stone erected in the front yard of ANZAC Cottage dedicated to Private John Porter, the original recipient of ANZAC Cottage.
The ANZAC flag was presented to John Porter, when the Cottage was built and as a requirement of the agreement with the Mount Hawthorn Progress Association, Private Porter raised the flag every ANZAC Day at 4:30am from 1916 onwards at the same time as the ANZACs landed at ANZAC Cove on April 25, 1915. When the Armistice was declared, Private Porter then repeated this every Remembrance Day at 4:30am.
Entry is free with afternoon tea available for a gold coin donation.
All are welcome to attend this important event, and access more information about ANZAC Cottage, by emailing email@example.com, or calling Anne on 041144 55 82. Check updates on their Facebook page, new website and while you are at it, take a look here.
Images are courtesy of the Friends of ANZAC Cottage collection and from the booklet, 'ANZAC Cottage: Souvenir of the Monument Erected at Mt Hawthorn 1916', unless otherwise noted in the article. Poppies Image from Designed by macrovector / Freepik.
Artwork is by John F.