Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since the First World War.
The Anzac Centenary provides us with an opportunity to remember those who have fought and served in all wars; conflicts and peace operations in the past hundred years and especially remember the more than 100,000 who have given their lives in service.
No place was unaffected by war, the City of Playford was no exception. War memorials at Smithfield and One Tree Hill list names of men from the district who served, and for some that gave the supreme sacrifice. The names on the memorials do not cover all those who were in active service, so far 109 names of men have been found that either resided or were born within the area that today constitutes the City of Playford.
The story of war encompasses more than those who fought, it includes those who remained behind, the women who husbands enlisted, the mothers and fathers who wondered at their son’s fate, the children who missed out of having their father, or family around.
24 April at 7:30pm – Overnight Vigil
25 April at 6:00am – Dawn Service
Each year, the City of Playford remembers the fallen with a Commemoration Ceremony.
You are invited to join with City of Playford’s Mayor Glen Docherty and Pastor Bryan Sellars to commemorate and pay tribute to past and present servicemen and women, join us at 7:30pm on 24 April for the Overnight Vigil and/or at 6am on 25 April for the Dawn Service at Cross of Remembrance Memorial, Smithfield Memorial Gardens, Anderson Walk, Smithfield.
Everyone is welcome to lay a wreath.
Breakfast will be available at a small cost from the Smithfield Sports and Social Club.
Phone 8256 0333 for further information.
Enquiries: Suzanne McHale, City of Playford, 8256 0435
One Tree Hill Progress Association
One Tree Hill Institute, Black Top Road, One Tree Hill at 6am.
Phone: 8280 7095 for further information or visit the events page here.
Elizabeth RSL Club
Corner of Midway Road and Halsey Road, Elizabeth East at 6am.
Phone: 8255 7670 for further information.
Elizabeth and Salisbury Naval Association of Australia (SA)
Club Room, 8 Chivell Street, Elizabeth South at 6am.
Phone: 08 8252 1351 or A/hours on 08 8255 7840