A landmark of historical significance is to be unveiled in what will be an emotional few days in Ballarat this week.
In the lead-up to the official Remembrance Day service to be held on Thursday, a new monument to the nation's fallen will be revealed, joining the likes of the Arch of Victory and the Ballarat Cenotaph.
While the Aleppo pine, on the front lawn of the Ballarat Returned Services League, might be small in scale in comparison to the grandeur of other memorial sites, its symbolism cannot be denied.
The sapling has stemmed from a pine cone of the legendary lone pine tree of Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula.
The Gallipoli peninsula was the site of the unsuccessful British campaign to overthrow Germany's ally, Turkey, and capture the valuable Dardanelles strait in World War I.
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It was believed victory against Turkey would allow allied forces to move into Europe and break the Western Front stalemate.
The landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and the subsequent months of courage have become synonymous with the Australian identity.
A notable battle during the Gallipoli campaign was the Battle of Lone Pine, named due to the existence of a single pine tree on the landscape.
The ANZAC offensive, launched on August 6 1915, involved Australian troops coming up against entrenched Turkish positions. Although the main Turkish trench was taken within 20 minutes, four days of intense hand-to-hand fighting followed.
The pine tree gradually growing in Heinz Lane, Invermay Park, is to acknowledge the 2277 Australians who were killed or wounded during the bloody battle.
The RSL's John Scannell, who will oversee the unveiling, is aware of the magnitude of the coming week.
"It's a great privilege, but also a big responsibility because you're trying to do justice to the people who have served throughout the years," Mr Scannell said.
Alan Douglass, Ballarat RSL president, also acknowledges the enormity of period.
"It's very moving for me," Mr Douglass said. "I had a cousin killed in the First World War at 19. I look forward to coming to Remembrance Day to reflect on the young ones who went there and gave their lives for the freedom of the Australian people."
The Lone Pine Dedication Ceremony will occur at 11am at the Midlands-Ballarat RSL Sports and Social Club on Tuesday November 9. The Remembrance Day service will begin at 10.30am on Thursday November 11 at the cenotaph in Sturt Street.
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