PRIDE in and love of Australian citizenship will be the major focus on Warrnambool’s Australia Day lowering-of-the-flag service.
The event, jointly organised by the Warrnambool RSL and the Order of Australia’s regional south-west group, will this year feature what being Australian means to the nation’s youth.
The service, now in its third year, will be held at the same time as the flag lowering ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.
Secretary of the Order of Australia’s south-west group Duncan Stalker said that the day would include a parade featuring the Warrnambool and District Pipes and Drums, air force cadets, Guides and Scouts.
Students were previously asked to enter an essay competition and write in 300 words what being Australian meant to them.
The winners will read their essays at the service.
“Our ambition is to instil in youth a pride and love in Australian citizenship and to understand what has been achieved in this country,” Mr Stalker said.
“The service is part of the charter of the Order of Australia to promote love and pride in Australian citizenship.”
The lowering-of-the-flag service will take place from 3.30pm on Sunday at the Warrnambool RSL, on the corner of Liebig and Merri streets.