Saturday, 3 August 2019, marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the State’s first Honour Avenue on May Drive on 3 August 1919.

Dedication service on 3 August 1919.View image slideshow

May Drive is dedicated to Western Australian servicemen who lost their lives while serving Australia in World War I.

An event commemorating this anniversary took place at May Circle on Saturday 3 August 2019, officiated by the Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia.

The inaugural plaque dedication service also took place on 3 August 1919 in Kings Park, officiated by the Western Australian Governor of the day, Sir William Ellison-Macartney.

Despite wet and windy weather, around 2,000 people including government ministers attended this inaugural State and public dedication ceremony.

It was a significant event at which the Governor read a message from Her Majesty Queen Mary, the Salvation Army Band performed, and local Scouts and school students attended the formal proceedings to pay their respects.

The crowd witnessed the planting and dedication of 404 trees and memorial plaques to honour individual servicemen who had enlisted in Western Australia and had died overseas in conflict. The trees were planted in unison on the day after a single gunshot rang out to signal the coordinated plantings.

Many of the oak seedlings planted on this day had been grown from acorns sent by Queen Mary, collected from the Great Park at Windsor.

Each plaque carried the rank, name, age, service unit, place and year of death of the soldiers, most of whom had lost their lives in the attack on Gallipoli or in warfare in France and Belgium. 

Today, almost 1,800 Western Australian service personnel are represented along Kings Park's three Honour Avenues along May Drive, Lovekin Drive and Marri Walk. The tradition of dedication services continues to this day.

Guests attending the 100th anniversary event Honour Avenues Group members together with BGPA representatives at the newly built addition to May Circle. Photo: D. Nicolson.

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