We will remember them

Ballan RSL president Rick Campey at the cenotaph. (Damjan Janevski) 233531_04

RSL clubs around Melton and Moorabool areas are preparing for Remembrance Day next week.

As restrictions ease for Victoria, many RSL clubs are able to hold a service in person, an occasion not possible for most clubs last year.

Ballan RSL president Rick Campey said they have been approved to hold a service for up to 500 people.

“It’s going to be great that we can hold it at the cenotaph. It’s a better location and certainly where it should be held.”

The service will start at 11am at the cenotaph, and feature speeches from the school captains of Ballan and St Brigid’s primary schools.

Bacchus Marsh RSL is also holding an in-person service “to honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served our nation,” secretary Carl Wright said.

“We have a great response and support from the Bacchus Marsh Community,” he said.

The service will be held on the Village Green at 10.45am for an 11am start and will also be recorded live for those who can’t attend in-person.

Melton RSL secretary Andrew Jeynes confirmed they will be holding a service at the Melton cenotaph.

It will be limited in numbers and preference will be given to ex-service men and women and their families to attend.

All services will be adhering to strict COVID restrictions on the day, with Melton requiring people to be double vaccinated and scan QR codes at entry points.

Caroline Springs RSL have decided not to hold a service.

President Peter Burquest said “due to COVID requirements we are unable to perform our usual service for Remembrance Day”.

There will be a brief laying of a wreath and a recital of the Ode for our fallen, but Mr Burquest said the club is “not able to invite the public and provide the protection required”.

November 11 marks the end of World War I and is an opportunity to reflect on those who fought for their country and for those who gave up their lives.

Sarah Oliver