On Remembrance Day (11th November) this year the Prospect Hill Drive Bridge in Narre Warren will be named for the Gippsland Regiment the locally raised and based Militia Unit which served in the Papua New Guinea campaign during World War 2.
The battalion was numbered the 52nd Battalion to preserve the history of the battalion of that number which fought at the famous battle of Villers Bretonneux in World War 1.
The naming event will be held from 1.00pm to 4.00pm and will arguably be the biggest Military event in South East Melbourne since World War 2. It has been planned as a community event with the theme of inclusion and celebrating local heroes. We will be utilizing local volunteers such as scouts, cadet’s etc. as much as possible in accordance with those themes.
The joint official hosting of the event by the Mayors of Casey and Greater Dandenong
A presentation on Aboriginal service by Vietnam Veteran, Mr Graham Atkinson, Dja Dja Wurrung-Yorta Yorta Respected Elder with nearly 40 years active experience in advocating for Indigenous rights here in Australia and internationally.
A speech by the Consul-General of Japan, Mr Kazuyoshi Matsunaga
A speech by Colonel Mike Kalms, Colonel Training 4th Brigade
A parade lead by 5th / 6th Battalion the Royal Vitoria Regiment involving Navy and Air force Cadets
A ‘Common Statement of Inclusion’ prepared by the Casey Multifaith Network
Flyover by Peninsula Aero Club, Singing lead by Dandenong’s’ With One Voice Choir, a Piper, a Remembrance Service, Bridge Name Unveiling and wreath, flower laying opportunity.
Parking for members of the public is at the Max Pawsey Reserve Narre Warren (Entrance is from Raven Crescent). There will be shuttle service from there operating from 12.30. We ask the public NOT to drive to the venue.