Descendants of original Anzacs have been invited to help place the final crosses in Bendigo’s Field of Remembrance on the Centenary of the Armistice – November 11.
The 5pm ceremony will coincide with the international commemoration of bagpipers around the world playing The Battle’s O’er tune at the exact time the Armistice was signed.
Descendants of Anzacs and those who later served on the Western Front will walk through Rosalind Park to the RSL Hall in Pall Mall, carrying more than 100 crosses.
These will be added to the field that was first placed on the eve of the centenary of the Gallipoli landing on April 25, 1915.
Throughout the Centenary of Anzac crosses have been added to Bendigo’s Field of Remembrance each year.
“Thousands of young Bendigonians enlisted in World War I, more than 400 were killed,” co-ordinator Chris Earl said.
“Each cross in the Field of Remembrances represents every soldier, every family of those who returned after the war and those who did not.
“The field itself shows that Bendigo as a community continues to honour and respect, never forgetting the service and sacrifice of those a century ago.”
Mr Earl said it was fitting that as the Field of Remembrance started Bendigo’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations in 2015, the final crosses would be added to the field as a final act of thanks in 2018.
“The Field of Remembrance will remain in place for a week after November 11, allowing people to wander and reflect on the service of an earlier generation that shaped the future” he said.