THE Sebastopol War Memorial was crowded for a special Anzac Day ceremony yesterday after a short march along Albert Street celebrating local veterans.
As a bugler played the Last Post, more than 100 people stood in silence to remember the commitment and dedication of those who died for Australia.
Ballarat MP Catherine King, City of Ballarat councillor Des Hudson and Victoria Police Superintendent Andrew Allen laid wreaths at the memorial, along with representatives of more than 20 schools and local organisations.
Sebastopol RSL president Doug Higgins said the members of the Catafalque Party continued the tradition of Australia’s service men and women.
“The same young Australians who fought in Gallipoli were to fight in even more dangerous circumstances in later battles, including on the Somme, Flanders and Villers-Bretonneux,” Mr Higgins said.
“They displayed qualities of unselfish devotion, and trust in their god, their government and their country.”
Mr Higgins praised the work of volunteers, including committee members Val Allen and Ian Archibald, in preparing the event and ended the ceremony with his traditional Anzac Day rally of “Go Bombers!”