"At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them". These evocative words written by Laurence Binyon in his poem 'For the Fallen' continue to resonate over a century after the words were published in 'The Times' in September 1914.
The Friends of ANZAC Cottage honour these words, the sentiment and the veterans of all wars at their annual ANZAC Day Sunset Service. Thought to be the last ANZAC Day service on the Australian mainland each year and conducted at the Cottage for the past 22 years, will commence at 5:15pm.
This service also honours the community members who paid their respects to those who fought for our freedom by constructing this brick and tile Cottage in one day in February 1916, as a memorial and as a home for a returned wounded soldier and his family.
Given this inspiring history, the Sunset Service has a strong community focus with an informal ceremony, reminiscent of those citizens of long ago who gave their skills, their time and in many cases their hard-won money to build this long-lasting memorial. Thus, the day is an extremely child friendly and moving family experience.
Free wreath making for children
Children can make a wreath to place at the flagpole during the ceremony.
Prior to the service, beginning at 4:00pm, there will be a free wreath making workshop for children to make their personal wreath, to lay at the flagpole during the Sunset Service. This activity encourages children to be an active part of the ceremony and is marked by the respect and solemnity with which the children participate each year.
The unique ANZAC flag, featured on the day, is speculated to be the only one in existence in Australia. Private Porter raised this flag every ANZAC Day at 4:30am, the time that the soldiers landed at ANZAC Cove, a ritual that continues to this day.
History at first hand
Dedicated to Private Porter, the recipient of ANZAC Cottage.
Talks about the Cottage's history are conducted by Private Porter's granddaughter, Anne Chapple, at 3:30pm and repeated at 4:30pm. Private Porter was the lucky recipient of the Cottage and lived with his family in the Cottage until his death in 1964.
The Field of Remembrance
Take time to read the names on the crosses in 'The Field of Remembrance'.
In 2018, a memorial installed at the Cottage to commemorate the animals that served alongside our defence forces, gives an opportunity to also honour the role they played during wartime, in saving lives and comforting those so far from home.
The Cottage, situated at 38 Kalgoorlie St, Mt Hawthorn will be open from 3:00pm to 6:00pm with free entry and afternoon tea for a gold coin donation.
Talks 3.30pm and 4.30pm
From 4:00pm free children's wreath making
5:15pm Sunset Service
All are welcome to attend this important event (No bookings necessary), and access more information about ANZAC Cottage, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling Anne on 0411 44 55 82. Check updates on their Facebook page, and learn a little more about the Cottage and its importance to our history.
Photos are courtesy of Friends of ANZAC Cottage, unless otherwise noted in the article. Image of "Colorful Sky At Sunset" courtesy of Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Artwork and photo manipulation by John F.