Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Avenue of Honour is an Elm tree lined avenue planted in 1918 to commemorate soldiers from from Bacchus Marsh who served in the Great War. (WW I) The avenue of honour was dedicated on 10 August 1918 when 281 Canadian elms were planted alongside more than two kms of road leading into the town. A bugle call allowed simultaneous planting to begin, The fallen were remembered in alphabetical order (allowing family members who died overseas to be recalled to mind, together in groups).
Bacchus Marsh is located between the Werribee and Lerderderg rivers, 49km west of Melbourne. Although close enough to Melbourne to be a commuter town, Bacchus Marsh is surrounded by orchards and market gardens sited on what was once marshland.