Relatives and friends invited to mark the sacrifice of Bacchus Marsh diggers this weekend

Centenary: The Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour commemorates those who served in World War One from Bacchus Marsh and district. Picture: Bacchus Marsh RSL.

Centenary: The Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour commemorates those who served in World War One from Bacchus Marsh and district. Picture: Bacchus Marsh RSL.

Relatives and family friends of those commemorated in the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour are invited to attend Saturday’s 12pm centenary of the memorial, says Bacchus Marsh RSL member Alan West.

One hundred years after its establishment, those remembered in the avenue may be honoured by relatives and others in the form of a wreath-laying ceremony, which will begin at the Melbourne end of the historic road.

Mr West says participants need to be at the Bacchus Marsh tourist information centre no later that 11.30am, and will be bussed to the avenue, which will be closed to other traffic for the service.

The laurel and poppy wreaths have been handmade locally and are provided free by the Bacchus Marsh RSL, said Mr West, whose father and seven uncles all fought in WWI. Amazingly all survived the war.

The Creswick Light Horse troop will be in attendance, and people are invited to walk the length of the avenue. More information at the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour page and  the  Bacchus Marsh RSL page.