Colac community honours its heroes with 1011 Australian flags on ANZAC Day
Ruby, Darcy and Ruby from Colac Secondary College
Colac Cemetery Anzac Day Tradition
On ANZAC Day, the Colac Cemetery will showcase more than 1,000 Australian flags next to the graves and memorials of those who have served the Australian Defence Force.
An initiative of the Geelong Cemeteries Trust that began in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC battle in World War 1, the Australian flag raising is now an established part of Colac’s Anzac tradition.
Since the event’s inception in 2014, the number of flags raised has grown from 550 to 1011. This is the result of growing community awareness of the initiative, and of people coming to the Geelong Cemeteries Trust with the service records of family members who are buried or memorialised at the Colac Cemetery.
Warren McKean, Colac Cemetery Manager, says the people of Colac are proud to see their community and its history honoured through the flag raising.
“It’s fantastic for us to see the community take up this opportunity, showing great respect for the Australian men and women who have spent part of their lives serving this country, who now rest or are commemorated in Colac.
“The flag event really has become something of its own. Visitation to the Colac Cemetery has dramatically increased since we began the Australian flag tradition five years ago. The community owns the event as much as we do. It’s now a revered part of Colac’s ANZAC tradition,” said Warren.
The flag raising took place in Colac at 10am on Tuesday 23rd April with the help of twenty Year 10 and 11 students from Colac Secondary College.
A similar flag raising took place on Good Friday in the cemeteries of Whooral, Warncoort and Beeac. The flags will be removed on Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th of April.
On ANZAC Day, the public are welcome to visit the Colac Cemetery to pay their respects after the dawn service and throughout the day.