What a memorable day for crowds who attended the Centenary Commemoration of The First Shot fired from Fort Nepean just hours after WW1 was declared on 5 August 1914 and RPP FM was there to capture the excitement of activity with a live broadcast.
At the precise strike of 12.45pm AEST, a single shot was fired from a cannon on Fort Nepean by Army personnel with Pomp and Circumstance, shortly followed by a flyover of four Tiger Moths.
Ange Robinson, RPP FM presenter of programs, The Breakfast Scoop and The Breakfast Table roamed the huge crowd, grabbing interviews from ‘Men in Uniform’ who told their stories and involvement in this commemorative day.
RPP FM presenter of Beyond Infinity program Piers Cunningham and presenter of The Breakfast Table program Debra Mar provided the commentary as the event unfolded.
The Main Stage hosted a number of dignitaries who addressed the crowd including the Governor of Victoria His Excellency Alex Chernov QC, Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Cr Antonella Celi, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs The Hon. Damian Drum and Minister for the Environment The Hon. Greg Hunt MP. Mr Peter Meehan MC’d the day and Mr Bryan Dawe narrated events as they happened on 5 August 1914.
The Royal Australian Navy band played, the crowd sang Hymn ‘O God, our Help in Ages Past’ and the National Anthem, prayers were said, a one minute silence was obeyed, a flag raising ceremony was performed, The Last Post was played by a lone bugler and wreaths were layed by dignitaries and ancestors of the original gunners.
Navy, Army and Airforce personnel completed the proceedings by marching past the crowd followed by the RAN band playing Waltzing Matilda.
A great day that will be remembered as part of Australian and WW1 history.
Long live the legacy of our fallen soldiers.
Lest We Forget.
Words Debra Mar
Photography Rab Siddhi
Pictured: Firing of The First Shot performed by Army personenl played out with dignity and Pomp and Circumstance