Highett RSL Anzac Day Commemorative Service


ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is a day on which we remember all Australians and New Zealanders (ANZAC’s) who served and died in war and on operational service. The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities  of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

On the 25th of April we encourage members and their family/friends to join the  commemorative march to remember those  who served in the defence of Australia and New Zealand, especially remembering those who paid the  supreme sacrifice or otherwise suffered as a  result of their service.

Sequence of Events 

5:45am – The March 

Form at the corner of Station Street and Highett Road then proceed to the entrance of the RSL. All members and guests are encouraged to join.

6am – Dawn Service Ceremony 

– Welcome and Address from Highett RSL

– Rev Roger Featherstone leads us in prayer

– Laying of the wreaths

– Ode to the Fallen

– Last Post sounds

– One Minute’s Silence

– Lest We Forget

– Rouse sounded

– Australian National Anthem

– New Zealand National Anthem

6:30am – Gunfire breakfast  

Join us in the venue for a fully cooked breakfast prepared by Head Chef Terry and his team in the kitchen. We will also be serving coffee with complementary rum ration nip.

8am – Bar Opens 

Enjoy a cold beer with friends or check the odds on the AFL through the TAB facilities.

10am – 2UP 

2up is a straight forward game held under the oculus in the main bar during the course of ANZAC day. The spinner (person who tosses the coins) places two pennies on the kip (the wooded paddle) and tosses them. The pennies must spin at least two metres over the spinners’ head and not come into contact with an object or a person. It must also land in the boundary of the ring. Players bet on either two heads or two tails. The ringkeeper selects the spinner and controls the conduct of the game.

12pm – Bistro Opens 

Enjoy a lunch of house favourites from Head Chef Terry and his team in the kitchen.

3:20 pm – AFL ANZAC Day Clash 

The Anzac day blockbuster between Collingwood and Essendon has been an ANZAC day tradition since 1995 and is one of our biggest national sporting events. The  Anzac day match pays tribute to the sacrifice of the servicemen and women of Australia and  celebrates the Anzac spirit of courage,  sacrifice, endurance and mateship. The match will be shown in the venue on all available TV’s plus TAB betting facilities are available from 10am.

5:30 pm – Bistro opens 

Enjoy a dinner of house favourites from Head  Chef Terry and his team in the kitchen.

12am – Venue Closes