FA­THER’S STORY OF SER­VICE

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

IG­NATIUS Park Col­lege stu­dents have writ­ten prayers for the wel­fare of sol­diers and world peace ahead of the Cen­te­nary of the Armistice.

More than 1200 pop­pies have been mounted on the chapel at the en­trance to the school with prayers for serv­ing sol­diers and vet­er­ans and world peace. Stu­dent Christo­pher Gho, 17, said par­tic­i­pat­ing in the project had sig­nif­i­cant mean­ing for him, with his fa­ther serv­ing in the Army.

Prin­ci­pal Shaun Clarke said it was im­por­tant for his pupils to un­der­stand the grav­ity of Re­mem­brance Day.

“Over 54,000 Aus­tralians were killed in the First World War and it re­minds us of the im­por­tance of peace,” he said.

“The sign­ing of the Armistice was to end all wars and as we know, wars have con­tin­ued through­out his­tory.

“Our boys are a gen­er­a­tion that haven’t re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced war and it re­ally is im­por­tant for them to un­der­stand his­tory, and the men and women who have given their own lives for the free­dom we have.

“We need to strive for a so­ci­ety of peace and jus­tice.”

PRAYER­FUL: Ig­natius Park Col­lege stu­dents Christo­pher Gho, 17, ( front) and Thomas Turner, 16, with some of the signed pop­pies.

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