Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Commemorat­ion paired with education

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It is important to teach young people about the sacrifice of the ANZACs.

That is why Intereach’s Outside of School Hours program participan­ts took part in the planting of a new Aleppo Lone Pine near the Deniliquin RSL Club on Friday afternoon.

About 15 primary school aged children assisted the Deniliquin RSL Sub-branch with planting the sapling at Matthew Park on Friday afternoon.

The sapling is directly related to the original Gallipoli Aleppo from Lone Pine Cemetery, and its planting coincided with the 106th anniversar­y of the Battle of Lone Pine.

Intereach educator Karen Martin said she approached the sub-branch about being involved in the project because of the lesson it would bestow on the OOSH participan­ts.

‘‘It’s important for our children to know about the ANZAC, and the importance of Anzac Day,’’ Mrs Martin said.

‘‘We take them to war cemetery each year, and teach them all about it.

‘‘This was another way we could do that.’’

Deniliquin RSL Subbranch president Don Ward led the planting ceremony, telling the children about the Battle of Lone Pine and the Memorial to the Missing now marked at the battle site by the original Lone Pine.

Student Archie Beehag took charge in assisting Mr Ward with the planting, and other children took turns in replacing the soil to set it in place.

Once the tree was planted and watered, the children placed their handmade poppies around it, in a show of remembranc­e.

‘‘When you’re grown up, you can come back and see this tree and say ‘I helped to plant that’,’’ Mrs Martin told the students.

Mr Ward commended Mrs Martin’s initiative in education children about Australia’s history in different conflicts.

‘‘It was wonderful occasion, to have the children part of the ceremony,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a chance to share some history with them.’’

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 ??  ?? ■ Deniliquin RSL Sub-branch members Don Ward (back left) and John Harris plated the tree with the help of (front, from left) Archie Beehag, Amelia Sim and Jahsyah Slade.
■ Deniliquin RSL Sub-branch members Don Ward (back left) and John Harris plated the tree with the help of (front, from left) Archie Beehag, Amelia Sim and Jahsyah Slade.

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