Eidsvold honours An­zacs’ mate­ship

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

EIDSVOLD school­child­ren were joined by RSL mem­bers in the open court­yard un­der the flag­pole for An­zac Day.

With flags low­ered to half mast, Eidsvold stu­dents lis­tened to the speeches and the prayers de­liv­ered by ex-army mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion were handed out to mem­bers of the public who had helped the school over the year since the last An­zac Day.

RSL sec­re­tary An­drew Roth said An­zac Day was not about the re­mem­brance of a de­feat or a victory in a long-past war.

“We cel­e­brate An­zac Day to hon­our the mate­ship, trust, re­spect for the flag, hu­mour and the re­spect for the courage of friend and en­emy,” he said.

“Through­out Australia, New Zealand and other coun­tries, and in Gal­lipoli to­day, we pic­ture An­zac ser­vices in our re­spec­tive gov­ern­ments’ secular tem­ples, which are serene and con­tem­pla­tive.

“Our ceno­taphs, which were orig­i­nally sur­ro­gate tombs, are cen­tral public re­minders of the 7200 New Zealan­ders who lost their lives and the 8000 Aus­tralians.

“It is ironic that our sense of worth came from the blood­i­est war ever.

“We pic­ture the fields of Flan­ders where mil­lions of pop­pies bloomed a cen­tury ago. They are our sym­bol of sac­ri­fice.

“To­day few grow there, but they are present ev­ery­where in our secular shrines, on wreaths at ceno­taphs, and worn by many to­day.

“We re­flect on each of those An­zac wreaths, whose leaves rep­re­sent the olive branch, the uni­ver­sal sym­bol of peace.

“As we work and pray for peace, we in turn shall ex­pe­ri­ence peace.”

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

RE­SPECT: Clin­ton Kyle, Rod­ney Thomp­son, Lyric Reid and Liam de la Mare lay a colour­ful wreath at the Eidsvold ceno­taph on An­zac Day.

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