ANZAC Dawn Service

Prepared by Penshurst sub-Branch member Tom Lyons.
Change as required.

              ORDER OF SERVICE

                  Driveway Service, 06:00hrs  ANZAC Day 2021.+

  • Form up (observing 1.5 to 2 mtrs distance) at 05:50am (05:50hrs), 6 – 16 Smarts Crescent Burraneer out the front of St. Vincent De Paul Aged Care Facility.
  • The Service will be conducted from the ‘carpark area’
  • The Service will be convened by Tom Lyons, a Veteran that
    served with the 8th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, Australia in Malaysia.
  • Welcome to Country – I’d like to acknowledge the Indigenous
    Peoples, Elders and Traditional Owners of this land.
    I also want to welcome you all for attending and especially the children for getting out of their nice warm beds.
  • Light-up your candles and we will now begin the Service.

                 Commeration order of service
Dedication Prayer, recited by all.

A prayer of remembrance. Lord God, help us this day to remember the sacrifice of the first ANZACs, Australian and New Zealander, and the generations of men, women and children who have died in the cause of liberty and peace. Help us to remember those who still bear the physical and mental scars and disabilities of their service.


Commeration Address by Tom Lyons.

At the going down of the sun…

I crouched in a shallow trench on that hell of exposed beaches… steeply rising foothills bare of cover… a landscape pockmarked with war’s inevitable litter… piles of stores… equipment… ammunition…. I saw the going down of the sun on that first ANZAC Day… the chaotic maelstrom of Australia’s blooding.

I fought in the frozen mud of the Somme… in a blazing destroyer exploding on the North Sea… I fought on the perimeter at Tobruk… crashed in the flaming wreckage of a fighter in New Guinea… lived with the damned in the place cursed with the name Changi.

I was your mate… the kid across the street… the med. student at graduation… the mechanic in the corner garage… the baker who brought you bread… the gardener who cut your lawn… the clerk who sent your phone bill.

I was an Army private… a Naval commander… an Air Force bombardier.

 no man knows me… no name marks my tomb, for I am every Australian serviceman… I am the Unknown Soldier.

I died for a cause I held just in the service of my land… that you and yours may say in freedom… I am proud to be an Australian.

These simple words I believe is what the average serviceman is all about. Their love for this wonderful country – Australia.

They fought for the freedom we now all enjoy today and I sincerely believe, by looking over your beautiful smiling faces today, Australia is in good hands for the future.

If you happen to come across an old Veteran, say “Gidday”, I’m sure they will appreciate it. I do.

Act of Remembrance

  • Invitation for Wreaths to be laid – children are encouraged to lay a wreath, a flower or, leave a candle by the flag.
  • when all wreaths and tributes are laid;
  • The Ode will be played followed by – a minutes silence. Men to remove headwear as a mark of respect.

Tom Lyons: “They shall not grow old, as we that are left, grow old; age shall not weary them not the years condemn; at the going down of the sun and in the evening; We will remember them”. Answered by all – “We will remember them”.

  • Last Post – Men & boys to remove headwear as mark of respect – flags to be lowered.
  • One minute’s silence

Tom Lyons: “Lest we forget”

Answered by all: “Lest we forget”.

  • Rouse – at he end of Rouse, headdress to be placed back on – flags the be raised to half-mast until 12:00hrs.

Lord’s Prayer – Our Father whom art in Heaven; Hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come, thy will be done; on Earth as it is in Heaven; Give us this day, our daily bread and; Forgive us our trespasses as, we forgive those that trespass against us; For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory; For ever and ever.   Amen.

Please join me in singing the National Anthem – Advance Australia Fair:

 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.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross

We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.

In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Completion of service

Thank you to all that attended, you have made this old Digger proud, especially to the children for making the effort to be here. Tom, for and on behalf of all  Veterans.