60th Anniversary of Peacekeeping - Sydney - 17 Sep 2007

In Sydney at the Hyde Park Memorial, over 60 people commemorated 60 years of Australia's involvement in Peacekeeping.

Hyde Park Memorial, Sydney

Hyde Park Memorial, Sydney


The Ceremony started at 11:00am with the mounting of the Federation Guard who provided the Catafalque Party. This was a first for NSW as this is not only a specialist Tri-Service Guard, but also included a member of the NSW Police Service.

Following the mounting of the guard, Mr Peter Matthey, President of the NSW branch of the APPVA welcomed the guests of honour and gave a brief history of Australia's involvement in Peacekeeping.

Guests of Honour included;

The Guests of Honour

The Guests of Honour at the Hyde Park Memorial

Following Peter's introduction, a moving poem was recited by Lachlan Westhoff from the Sydney Church of England Grammar School. Wreaths were laid under the Eternal Flame, then poppies were released into the Well of Contemplation.

The ODE was then read by Mr Bruce Relph, Vice President APPVA (NSW)

Wreaths layed under the Eternal Flame

Wreaths laid under the Eternal Flame

Poppies released into the Well of Rememberance

Poppies released into the Well of Remembrance

A moments silence after releasing the poppies

A moments silence after releasing the poppies

The ceremony concluded with singing of the National Anthem followed by a Blessing for Peacekeepers which was read by Chaplain (Squadron Leader), Atsushi Shibaoka.

Representatives of the media were present and a video collage was created by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Contact:
Peter Matthey
President, NSW Branch, APPVA
nswpres@peacekeepers.asn.au