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ANZAC Day 2023 Order of Service

Tuesday 25th April 2023 at 3:00 pm

This service is dedicated to the memory of those who died that we may live in peace

'Give honour to those whom honour due.'


Master of Ceremonies: Madeleine Sherwood

President Rotary Club of Beecroft


Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional owners and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture. We pay respect to the Elders, past, present, and emerging. Today, along all Australians everywhere, we gather to remember those who have served to defend Australia.

ANZAC Address: John Simpson

Act of Commemoration: Hannah Sykes - Mount St Benedicts College

O valiant hearts who to your glory came,

Through dust of conflict and through battle flame.

Tranquil, you lie, your knightly virtue proved,

Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.

Wreath Laying Ceremony

The Master of Ceremonies will call for floral tributes to be placed at the Cenotaph

The Castle Hill Pipe Band plays a quiet lament during wreath-laying


The Ode

Eddie Lee and Jonathan Lim- Epping Boys High School

"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."

Lest We Forget

Bugler: Darian Sim

The Last Post

One minute silence

The Rouse


New Zealand National Anthems

(English and Maori)

God of Nations at Thy feet,

In the bonds of love we meet,

Hear our voices, we entreat,

God defend our free land.

Guard Pacific's triple star

From the shafts of strife and war,

Make her praises heard afar,

God defend New Zealand.


Australian National Anthem

Australians, all let us rejoice

For we are one and free

We've golden soil and wealth for toil,

Our home is girt by sea

Our land abounds in nature's gifts

Of beauty, rich and rare

In history's page let, every stage

Advance Australia fair,

On joyful strains, then let us sing

"Advance Australia Fair!"

Service closure and thanks to those involved

What were the Anzacs fighting for? On the morning of 25th April 1915, the Anzacs set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey), the capital of the Ottoman Empire and an ally of Germany.


Master of ceremonies: Madeleine Sherwood, President of The Rotary Club of Beecroft

Act of commemoration: Hannah Sykes (Mount St Benedict College)

Band: Castle Hill RSL Pipe Band

The Ode: Eddie Lee and Jonathan Lim (Epping Boys High School)

Bugler: Darian Sim (Golden Kangaroos, Hornsby Show Concert Band)

New Zealand Anthems: Regina Shakya (Northbeat Music Academy, Beecroft)

Australian Anthem: Rose Fallance (Northbeat Music Academy Beecroft)

Beecroft War Memorial Cenotaph: Renovated by Hornsby Council with the assistance of monies granted by the NSW Government and Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust.

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