Field of Remembrance / Children’s Anzac Service
The ANZAC “Field of Remembrance” is an annual commemoration held at Hampton RSL. The event involves the planting of white wooden crosses in remembrance of those who have died due to their involvement in war. The ‘Field’ is an area of lawn laid out in front of the cenotaph at the front of Hampton RSL. A fine example of our Lone Pine, a seed of which was brought back and planted by one of our WW1 Veterans, is an impressive curtain for the setting. The crosses are planted in this symbolic lawn, each with a message, and some with a poppy attached.
The “Field Of Remembrance” ceremony is now combined with the Hampton Rotary Children’s Anzac Day Service for local schools and will be held on Friday 21 April, commencing at 10.00am at Hampton RSL, 25 Holyrood Street, Hampton.
This is a non-denominational service and includes brief Anzac addresses by Dr John Basarin (Hampton Rotary), Lt Commander Helen Ward, RANR (Vice President Hampton RSL), Mr Alex del Porto (Mayor, Bayside Council), Mr Tim Wilson, MP (Federal Minister for Goldstein), Mr Peter Lanigan (President, Hampton RSL). The Last Post, ‘In Flanders Fields’ poem, and the National Anthem will be performed by students of St Leonard’s College. Student representatives from eight local schools will also participate in the ceremony.
We believe that combining the “Field of Remembrance” Service with the Children’s Anzac Ceremony enhances the students’ understanding of the significance and meaning of Anzac Day. To enhance the meaning even further, Hampton RSL decided to lay books (rather than wreaths) as a more lasting tribute to our fallen. The books are later given to the participating schools. Each book is donated by a member of the local community in memory of a loved one who died as a result of their involvement in any of the wars Australia has fought in; and each book contains a small certificate on the flyleaf with the name of the service person remembered and the donor.
This special service is a solemn reminder of the relationship between war and human sacrifice and is especially poignant for the oldest and the youngest of our local community. We invite all members of our community to join us and witness a beautiful service honouring those who gave their lives for our great country and to join us afterwards in the club’s Wearside Lounge for refreshments.
If you would like to lay a book in memory of a service person at the ceremony, please contact Hampton RSL on 9598 0460 before Wednesday 12 April 2017.