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For the Fallen: the dawn service at Victoria’s Mt Macedon

06/05/2009

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.

Victoria’s Premier John Brumby lays a wreath at the Cross

On a cold and foggy early morning, and despite the the storms of the previous day, my dear friend Ken Lagastes and I attended the dawn service on Victoria’s Mt Macedon – a truly spectacular setting.  The sound of the bugle played by Jenny Bachelor, the Director of the Kyneton Brass Band, hushed the large crowd in attendance, and marked the start of the dawn service. The service was sweet, sensitive, stirring and held the attention of the many hundreds’ present. 

The local group Beata Lumina sang Amazing Grace and Dreaming of Home a tribute to the soldiers who fought for both the Allied and the Central Powers during World War I.

I hear the mountain birds
The sound of rivers singing
A song I’ve often heard
It flows through me now
So clear and so loud
I stand where I am
And forever I’m dreaming of home
I feel so alone, I’m dreaming of home

It’s carried in the air
The breeze of early morning
I see the land so fair
My heart opens wide

There’s sadness inside
I stand where I am
And forever I’m dreaming of home
I feel so alone, I’m dreaming of home

This is no foreign sky
I see no foreign light
But far away am I
From some peaceful land
I’m longing to stand
A hand in my hand
Forever I’m dreaming of home.

Cailtin Farrugia and Aaron Moore from Gisborne Secondary School read a letter sent from Gallipoli by Private Wood, a trooper from Woodend; Evelyn Deutsher and Austin van Groningen from Braemar College read the citation for Trooper Mark Donaldson VC.

Victoria’s Premier John Brumby laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Victoria as did parliamentarians: Joanne Duncan and Donna Petrovich.

Compere Frank Donavan, a Vietnam War veteran, told us that the decision to wage war is made by few but it’s the many who suffer the horrors. I was touched by his kind and gentle words. We were further told that peaceful solutions must be found as the alternative to war. I feel grateful to the organisers and participants of that precious traditional annual event that was a moving and special experience.

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