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