On 3 April, the members of the SRC took the train up to the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance to participate in Legacy’s 88th ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for students. 25 students from Mordialloc College were in attendance. The ceremony included Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC, as well as 4000 other students.
The choirs from Melbourne High School and The Mac Robertsons Girls’ High School lead us into renditions of ‘I Am Australian’, ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘Advance Australia Fair’. Two students read the poems ‘In Flanders Fields’ and ‘We shall keep the faith’.
After the conclusion of the ceremony, we visited the shrine and paid our respects at the memorial to the unknown soldier. Below the Shrine, there is a museum dedicated to Australia’s involvement in war from WW1 to the present day. It is an incredible place and we all loved the chance to see it.
We thank Legacy for hosting the Commemoration Ceremony and continuing to honour their promise. Legacy is an organisation that began with a mate’s promise to a dying soldier on a battlefield in WW1 and continues to honour that promise. Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of Australian Veterans.
ANZAC Dawn Service at the Longbeach RSL
On ANZAC morning Elizabeth and I, along with Ms Campbell, attended the dawn service at Chelsea RSL. Despite it being freezing cold, it was enlightening and empowering to have
joining with over 100 people to pay our respects to our fallen soldiers. It was an extremely intimate service, almost shoulder to shoulder with people around you. Through the power of song and an overwhelming level of participation we all stood as proud Australians and sang the national anthem. Elizabeth and I laid a wreath among the already established sea of flowers at the base of a memorial, in respect of our fallen ANZACs.