THE relocation of Ocean Grove’s cenotaph was completed last Friday. The move to Ocean Grove Park came just in time for Anzac Day.
“The park is a wonderful setting and a much safer place for the local community to gather on special occasions like Remembrance Day and Anzac Day,” Beangala Ward Councillor Jan Farrell said.
Thankfully, the move went well with minimal disruption.
“A special thanks to Council’s Brendan Lloyd who managed the relocation and local RSL members for their support,” Councillor Farrell added.
ANZAC Spirit lives on
OCEAN Grover Graham Mowat is 89 years old and served as a motor mechanic for the Air Force in World War II.
A member of the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL, Anzac Day is a highlight for him.
“It’s a good opportunity to not only remember but to meet up with old war friends and so forth,” Mr Mowat explained. Although still quite young, Graham believes it’s important to keep the Anzac spirit alive for generations to come, which includes his great grand children, Ruby and Charlotte.
“It’s good to know as they get older they will learn about the Anzac history. At the moment, they see a couple of coloured ribbons, but they’ll learn one day,” Mr Mowat explained.
The annual dawn service will assemble in the Ocean Grove Park at 5.50am, with the Piper Call to Arms commencing at 6am. As always, breakfast will follow the service. The main march service will assemble at 9.45am at Coles Supermarket on The Terrace and will step off at 10am.
The route of the march will be different from previous years, walking down the Terrace towards Presidents Avenue, up and right at The Avenue to the new site of the cenotaph in Ocean Grove Park. A luncheon and refreshments will follow at the Ocean Grove Bowling
“This year we will be having a 10 minute dedication for the cenotaph’s relocation,” David Gilroy, secretary of Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL, said. “We are inviting post 1979 soldiers to lead the march this year. We are welcoming everyone, even if they’re not members of the club, to take part,” he added.
For more information on the coming ANZAC Day events, contact John Dickinson on 0409-432 331.