New Craigieburn war memorial set to host its first Anzac Day service

Vietnam Veteran Steve Lowe with fellow committee members Alan, Deirdre, Wayne, Kevin and Maree. Picture: Shawn Smits.

Anzac Day will be commemorated at Craigieburn’s new war memorial this year.

The memorial at Craigieburn’s Anzac Park was consecrated on April 2, the culmination of years of local fundraising.

The memorial is the result of years of lobbying by the Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance committee to have a permanent monument in town.

Until now, Anzac and Remembrance Day services have been held at the Craigieburn SES, which has also served as temporary custodian of the town’s memorial stone since 2008.

Committee president Kevin O’Callaghan said the committee had promised to have a memorial built in Craigieburn by 2017.

Hume council contributed $50,000 to its construction, the state government $25,000 and Stockland $10,000. The remaining $15,000 came from locals, with many families making donations in honour of loved ones who served in the armed forces.

The April 25 service will be conducted by Epping RSL, with which the committee is affiliated. It is on at 10am.

A memorial march by Epping RSL on Sunday, April 23, starts at the corner of High and Coulstock streets at 10.30am.

An Anzac Day dawn service will be held at Epping RSL, 195 Harvest Home Road, at 6am.