BUR­NETT HON­OURS FALLEN

Four pages of Anzac Day cov­er­age:

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au See more photos from North Bur­nett Anzac Day ser­vices on pages 40 & 41.

GAYN­DAH school stu­dents were af­forded the op­por­tu­nity to have War­rant Of­fi­cer Michael Smith from the sec­ond Com­bat En­gi­neer Reg­i­ment speak to to them in the lead up to Anzac Day.

Gayn­dah RSL pres­i­dent Boyd Baker or­gan­ised the tour of schools in the area and War­rant Of­fi­cer Smith said it was an im­por­tant thing to pass the legacy on to younger gen­er­a­tions.

“I think it’s a good op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote what Anzac Day is, es­pe­cially not­ing that we no longer have that gen­er­a­tion of solider here,” War­rant Of­fi­cer Smith said.

“So it’s im­por­tant for the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion to be in­formed of the sac­ri­fice they were forced to en­dure and what it is they achieved for the coun­try.”

War­rant Of­fi­cer Smith spoke to stu­dents about his own ex­pe­ri­ences in the Army, giv­ing the stu­dents a first hand per­spec­tive from an ac­tive soldier.

Mr Baker said he felt it was im­por­tant for young stu­dents to be ex­posed to this ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It is cru­cial,” Mr Baker said.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to com­mu­ni­cate with the kids on a level that they can un­der­stand but if we don’t do it then it’s lost.”

St Joseph’s stu­dent James Parr said he had learned a lot through lessons at school about the Anzac legacy and hav­ing a real soldier speak­ing to them helped give per­spec­tive.

“I think it was re­ally good for him to speak with us,” James said.

“It was pretty in­ter­est­ing to hear what it is re­ally like and it shows an ex­am­ple of how im­por­tant Anzac Day is and how we should re­mem­ber and com­mem­o­rate them.”

James is an ex­am­ple of why sol­diers and veter­ans visit schools and speak with the young gen­er­a­tion.

“For me it is a re­ally im­por­tant time at Anzac Day,” James said.

“Where we re­mem­ber and be very ma­ture about the war and their sac­ri­fice.

“There was a lot more too.”

St Joseph’s prin­ci­pal Ben Gray echoed the sen­ti­ments oth­ers shared about pass­ing on the Anzac legacy.

“I think it’s ex­tremely sig­nif­i­cant and it doesn’t mat­ter what the age gap is, the story is what con­tin­ues,” Mr Gray said.

“We never have any short­age of stu­dents dur­ing the march who have medals of fam­ily mem­bers they have never met but those stu­dents still know ev­ery inch of that story.”

CER­E­MONY: A soldier from the Sec­ond Com­bat En­gi­neer Reg­i­ment stands at at­ten­tion in Gayn­dah.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

ANZAC LEGACY: War­rant Of­fi­cer Michael Smith and RSL pres­i­dent Boyd Baker speak­ing with stu­dents.

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