March to remember peace

A photo from the original march in 1919.

 World War I veterans held a peace march down Castella Street, Lilydale, to celebrate the Treaty of Versailles officially ending The Great War in 1919.

One hundred years later, ex-service people are invited to help recreate the historical event.

The original march took place on 19 July 1919.

The recreation will start at 11am on Saturday 20 July outside Lilydale Primary School.

The march will proceed down Castella Street to the Athenaeum Theatre, where a ceremony will take place under the Shire of Lillydale World War I Honour Board.

Veterans included on the honour board hail from Coldstream, Croydon, Gruyere, Kalorama, Kilsyth, Lilydale, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Olinda, Ringwood, Seville, Silvan, Wandin, Wonga Park and Yering.

Armistice Day, today known as Remembrance Day, on 11 November 1918 signalled a ceasefire in The Great War.

WWI officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 29 June 1919.

The document was among five treaties formulated at the Paris Peace Conference and established the conditions of peace with Germany.

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