On Friday April 21, the Brightwater State School Students, teachers, parents, friends and special guests gathered for an Anzac Day service in the school Auditorium.
School Captain, Eva opened the ceremony and spoke to everyone about the important significance and history of ANZAC day and why it is still important to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice many men and women made fighting for the freedoms that we all enjoy today.
The Brightwater school choir sang “Lest We Forget” beautifully while a picture gallery was displayed in the background identifying Brightwater State School students relatives who served in the Defence Forces, past and present members.
This was a beautiful and fitting tribute to relatives although some are no longer with us today, their memories and sacrifices made for future generations was honoured and remembered.
It was also a very proud moment for some of the students to be able to stand up and show the rest of the school military medals proudly worn on the left side of their chest, to signify past defence force personnel that were relatives of the students and the achievements and recognition they received as part of their former military service.
Mrs Robyn Taplin, the school Principal spoke about the traditions of the ANZACs and the role some of the traditions still play today. Mrs Taplin spoke about the tradition and history surrounding ANZAC biscuits, the implementation and attendance of dawn services and spoke about diggers traditionally eating what they termed, “a gunfire breakfast” to prepare and sustain them throughout the day whilst in battle.
Mrs Taplin also made mentioned of the game “two up” that diggers often played and noted that this game is only allowed to be played legally on ANZAC day. Mrs Taplin also mentioned the significance of laying wreaths for fallen soldiers and the significance of the “Poppy” flower. Poppies were abundant in Gallipoli and in France where a lot of the wars were fought and are now symbolic and synonymous with remembering our ANZAC’s.
The President of Kawana RSL Sub Branch- Mr Hurman then addressed the audience and shared an insight into what it was like for service men and women whom fought in the wars and rightfully hoped that Australia will never have to go to fight in any wars like they had to previously.
We all then stood in the auditorium for the playing of the “Last Post”. This was also traditionally played by a lone bugler to signify the end of the day and the end of the battle for that day, where soldiers could then rest to prepare for the next day in the trenches. The last post is also played at funerals of soldiers or memorial services to remember the courage and bravery of these fallen soldiers. We all then fell into a minutes silence to pay our respects for our defence force members. After the minutes silence, the “Reveille” was played which signifies the start of the soldiers day.
Brightwater State School’s ANZAC Day commemorative service then concluded. It was very humbling to see all of the students taking such a keen interest in the history surrounding the ANZAC’s and it was a honour to see so many students relatives that played such a significant role in our nation’s history and once again, the students have done their school very proud.
LEST WE FORGET