Remembrance Day Service & Dedication of Panels Commemorating Our WW1 Servicemen

January 3, 2023

On Sunday, 13th November 2022 we held a Remembrance Day Service at Ellis Cottage Lone Pine Memorial Garden. Following the service we dedicated panels commemorating servicemen from Diamond Creek District who served in WW1 that have been in place on the barn wall for over two years. We are very happy to have finally had the opportunity to officially unveil the panels. After the service and before the dedication, Terry Beaton presented an address “A Tribute to Our Local Veterans.” Thorough research has determined that there were no nurses from our district who served in WW1.

Ellis Cottage Lone Pine Memorial Garden - Terry Phillips reading The Requiem, Diamond Valley College students and MC Jean Verso. The Cross of Sacrifice made by Eltham Men's Shed stands proud.
Terry Beaton gives his address "A Tribute to Our Local Veterans." Ellis Cottage Lone Pine Memorial Garden was well prepared by our dedicated committee and supporters for the service and dedication.
Diamond Valley College students Jasmine, Jamie and Chloe read the poem "In Flanders Fields"
Jeff Seers, Vice-President of Diamond Creek R.S.L. read The Ode.

The attendance was good at around 45 including representatives of the Nillumbik Shire Council – Mayor Frances Eyre, Councillors Peter Perkins and Geoff Payne – Montmorency Eltham R.S.L., Diamond Creek R.S.L., Eltham Men’s Shed, Diamond Valley College and Friends of Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park. We would like to thank them all for their generous and welcome support.

Mayor Frances Eyre laid a wreath on behalf of Nillumbik Shire Council.
Ron and Maggie Gordon unveiled the WW1 commemorative panels.
Nillumbik Shire Councillor Peter Perkins, Ellis Ward, spoke about the importance of the commemorative panels to the community
Terry Beaton, Jasmine, Tim Riley (Montmorency Eltham R.S.L.), Chloe, Glen Ferrarotto (President, Montmorency Eltham R.S.L.), and Jamie with our WW1 Soldier Commemorative Panels.
Maggie Gordon helping with the light refreshments for after the service.
Terry Phillips’ military memorabilia display in the barn had some interesting and rare items.

We would also like to thank Rodney Simmonds for providing and setting up his sound system for us, Lorraine Bates for sewing the cover for the panels and The Veggie Empire for propagating and looking after the poppies for us. Diamond Creek R.S.L. would like to hear from anyone interested in supporting or joining. They can be contacted by email – diamondcreekrsl@gmail.com

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