IMAGE: Megan Stapleton, CEO Moonee Valley Brass playing the Last Post on Saturday 25 April 2020
This ANZAC Day, Council was unfortunately unable to hold its annual service at the Cenotaph. While circumstances stopped our community from joining together in person to honour the memory of those who served their country, we still gathered together in spirit and participated in a number of activities to show our respects.
Mayor, Cr. Samantha Byrne placed wreathes on behalf of Moonee Valley City Council at Bellair Street Kensington, Queens Park Moonee Ponds and Keilor East RSL. Like many others, the Mayor was in her driveway at dawn as a sign of remembrance.
In a great initiative by the RSL, Victorians were asked to #STANDTO. As The Last Post played at 6am during the ANZAC Day Dawn Service livestreamed from the Shrine of Remembrance, people from across Moonee Valley and across the nation walked outside, stood in their yards, driveways, and balconies and observed a minute of silence in respect of our veterans. Many lit up the dawn with candles, lanterns or torches, creating mini-shrines in their own streets.
Moonee Valley representatives included our local RSL Sub-Branches: Essendon, Flemington/Kensington and Keilor East, along with the 58/32 Infantry Battalion Association.
Musicians across the country were encouraged to participate in #musicformateship by taking part in an isolated yet communal Last Post. Music was made available online, along with a template letter that could be dropped in neighbouring letterboxes to let them know of the musician’s intentions to play the Last Post and Reveille or Rouse at 6am, coinciding with national ceremony.
Moonee Valley was strongly represented by members of Moonee Valley Brass, many of whom stood in their driveways or on their balconies to bring the ceremony to life for their local community.
Moonee Valley Libraries shared some simple ways to commemorate and start the conversation with children about the significance of ANZAC Day. Children’s Librarian, Libby, showed us how to make a decorative wreath out of materials we have at home. Libby’s special guest and husband Tim, presented a short show and tell and spoke about his role in the Australian Army. While Suzanne, another member of our children’s team, invited us into her kitchen to share her favourite recipe for the classic ANZAC Biscuit. A great activity for the whole family. View the videos on the Moonee Valley Libraries Facebook page.