Shepparton’s Ave Maria Village this week planted a Lone Pine tree dedicated to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Australian Defence Force.
The small ceremony was performed by residents and staff of the aged-care facility as well as Legacy Shepparton members.
Following the planting, a plaque was unveiled alongside the tree detailing its unique history. The tree is a direct descendent of the sole tree located on the Gallipoli peninsula during the Battle of Lone Pine in 1915.
Ave Maria volunteer gardener Des Drum said the idea to plant a Lone Pine at the aged-care facility came from a chat he had with fellow volunteer gardener and Legacy member Dennis Corboy.
The tree was planted in front of the lake at Ave Maria Village, which will be the future location for its residents’ Anzac Day and Remembrance Day services.
Legacy Shepparton president Ian Robertson said it was a tree of remembrance.
‘‘The tree is a commemoration, a place to come and remember,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s dedicated to those who have fallen.’’
Volunteer gardeners at Ave Maria Village will care for the tree.