National Anthem (2 verses)
Wreath laid by Ex-serviceman Jack Ball
Ode Jack Ball
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.
We remember with gratitude that our freedom has come to us through the sacrifice of many who have stood firm to resist the tyrant and the oppressor.
Help us never to presume upon your mercies, but remain ever vigilant to defend all that is right and good in our land, that has been hard fought and won for us to enjoy. We especially remember with honour those who paid the supreme sacrifice. We give thanks for their courage under fire, their bravery unto death and ask that those who grieve for them will find true consolation and comfort through faith in Christ Jesus.
Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace, bring in your reign of peace and cause wars to cease to the ends of the earth. We remember our Queen and all set under her authority. In particular, we pray for our Prime Minister, and his cabinet, all Members and Senators of Federal Parliament. Direct all our affairs. Lead us into all truth. Cause us to pursue that righteousness which exalts a nation. Deliver us from national sins of self-interest, greed, immorality and pride.
Eternal God, who alone rules over the seas and at whose command the wind and the waves are stilled; surround with your gracious protection all our Naval personnel. Preserve them from the dangers of the deep and from the violence of our enemies. Cause them to be an impenetrable defence for our country, so that our land may be a place of peace and freedom in which to serve you. In your good time, bring them safely home, to be united with their loved ones and families, with a testimony concerning your mercy and deliverance.
Lord God Almighty, Captain of the Host of Heaven, surround with your protection these your servants and the Army in which they serve. Lead and guide them by your all-wise counsel. Strengthen and defend them with your might.
Grant them to be a shield of protection and an impenetrable defence for our lands against every foe. Strengthen them to fight courageously and, as good soldiers of Jesus Christ, may we all enter your eternal glory, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Almighty God, who makes the clouds your chariot and who walks upon the wings of the wind, watch over all Air Force personnel and protect the Force in which they serve. Defend them from harm and accident, from the dangers of storm and fire and be their guide by day and night. Grant them strength and endurance to fulfil their duty, that they may be a shield and defence to this country. Be to us all our refuge and strength and place underneath us your everlasting arms, we pray in Jesus, name, Amen.