ANZAC DAY: Returned Services League Australia – Subic Bay RSL

Posted on April 8, 2011 by

The Ode

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

Lest We Forget

Order Of Service

The Ceremony will commence at 1100hrs sharp. This is the approximate local time of dawn in Gallipoli.

Introduction of Official Guests & welcome by RSL President Albert Clifford.

Prayer to the fallen offered by Father Mike Duffin, RSL Vice President.

Laying of Wreaths

Playing of ‘The Last Post’

Observance Of One (1) Minutes Silence

Reading of ‘The Ode’


Australian & New Zealand National Anthems

The Service will then be continued at The Arizona floating Bar in Barrio Barretto.

Readings by RSL President ‘At The Going Down Of the Sun’ /  ‘The Charge’

 Response By Official Guests

Tributes/Wreaths will be placed in the waters of Subic Bay during the playing of Abide With Me, The Last Post & Australian & New Zealand National Anthems.

The festivities will continue at Downunder Bar National Highway Barrio Barretto where refreshments will be available & you will be able to take part in the usual ANZAC Day traditions.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the following Battles:


Siege of Tobruk (April-December 1941).

In their determination to defend and hold the town and port of Tobruk, the Australian forces suffered more than 3000 casualties. By the end of 1941, many of the Australians in the Mediterranean area had been withdrawn to fight in new theatres of war in the pacific.

The Battle for Greece & Crete (April – May 1941).   

 About 39 per cent of the Australian troops in Greece on 6 April 1941 were either killed, wounded or became prisoners of war. More than 450,000 Greeks died during the next four years of German occupation, nearly 25,000 of them executed for assisting the allies.