Towards the back of the Port Fairy Cemetery, a sturdy Lone Pine sapling stands like a sentinel, a guardian of past lives laid to rest.
With the resilience befitting the descendant of a Gallipoli warrior, it has triumphed over adversity, withstanding the onslaught of four harsh Port Fairy winters to flourish from a fragile seedling into a robust young pine.
It's a worthy symbol of the strength and tenacity of the Anzac spirit.
On Monday, as Port Fairy pauses to honour its war dead on Remembrance Day, this grandchild of the original Gallipoli Lone Pine will be acknowledged as a living reminder of a time of terrible loss.
The tree will be officially dedicated as part of Monday's Remembrance Day reflections following an 11am wreath-laying ceremony at Port Fairy's highway war memorial.
Port Fairy Cemetery Trust secretary Ian Perry said the pine provided a tangible means of reflection.
"It's a physical means for reflecting on Gallipoli, of the people who served in World War One and specifically the Anzac campaign," he said.
Corangamite Light Horse Re-enactment Group president Rick Rowbottom will add a touch of realism to Monday's event with his own unique way of honouring ex-service men and women.
Dressed in the distinctive Light Horse uniform and mounted on his Australian stockhorse, Kardinia Indiana, Mr Rowbottom will recite a poem entitled The Poppy at the dedication.
Invoking the spirit of his Uncle Jack Rowbottom who served in the Light Horse in World War 2, Mr Rowbottom said the event would be an opportunity to commemorate "everybody who served."
Propagated from the second seedling planted at the Australian War Memorial, the pine was presented to the trust in 2015 by the Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of Victoria (CCAV). It marked the Gallipoli centenary and the CCAV's 50th anniversary.
Planted at its present site in the winter of 2016, the seedling had been nurtured by trust members and was now thriving, Mr Perry said.
Enclosed by a limestone wall, the pine was established in the new cremated remains area at the northern end of the cemetery.
It is set to become a focal point of several new initiatives planned by the trust, most significantly an area for spreading the ashes of returned service members.
"We're still in discussions at trust level, but we're going to make areas where people can spread the ashes of their loved ones who served," Mr Perry said.
Four new memorial walls have also been established at the cemetery, one of which will be available for families of fallen war relatives with no known grave to mount a plaque in their honour.
More landscaping to provide extra seating and garden areas for reflection are planned to enhance the visitor experience.
Cemetery trust president and military researcher Maria Cameron is also compiling a World War One Veterans Commemorative Trail which she hopes to unveiled in time for next year's Anzac Day.
Mrs Cameron said she was surprised to discover that there were so many veterans laid to rest at the cemetery.
"We thought we would be lucky to get 20 or so, but I'm up to 56 now," Mrs Cameron said. "I don't want to leave anybody out. I have a huge commitment to those who served."
Naval personnel and nurses had been particularly difficult to trace, she said.
The trail will comprise an information board detailing basic service information and locations of the graves of the Great War service men and women.
Mr Perry described the trail as "another adjunct to the trust's desire to recognise and honour our military dead".
Port Fairy Cemetery is a designated Commonwealth War Graves cemetery because it includes two burials of personnel who died on active service.
In another innovation thought to be a first for Victoria, the cemetery trust is planning to plant fruit trees such as olives, apples and nectarines in the cemetery grounds. "It's giving something back to the people and to the environment," Mrs Cameron said.