Today at 11.00am the staff and students of the Campus gathered at our onsite War Memorial to remember 100 years of the Armistice of World War 1. An armistice is a formal agreement of warring parties to stop fighting.
We listened to the Campus SLT students talk, including the reading of the poem “In Flanders Field” which is about the symbol of Remembrance Day: the poppy. We learnt that poppies were the first flowers to grow on the scarred battlefields of France and Belgium and every student wore a poppy that they had made and coloured for the ceremony. The Last Post was then played and we observed a minutes silence as we remembered the men and women who had died in service to their country.
We were joined at our ceremony by Steve Murray: Member for Davenport and Sarah Huy: Veterans’ Affairs Adviser for Amanda Rishworth. Both our dignitaries as well as student representatives from each school laid flowers at the memorial. The memorial pavers acknowledging the 93 servicemen and women from our area had been laid in readiness for this service and it is very moving to read all the names and service numbers of these brave people.
The service ended with the singing of Advance Australia Fair. All of the community are invited to go to our special war memorial and have a look at the memorial pavers that have been laid. It is a lovely and sacred place where anyone can reflect on the past and remember all the people who fought and died in battle.