A defence force school community has been told that the Anzac centenary is relevant because it stands for the lasting ideals of courage, endurance and mateship.
The whole school and their parents – some in military uniform – gathered for the Anzac Day service at St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School Holsworthy where over 10 per cent of students have parents in the Australian Defence Forces.
Principal Tony Boyd told the commemoration service Anzac ideals were still important to Australia today.
“We know war brings sadness, grief and death and we pray for those affected by war,” said Mr Boyd.
He also asked for three cheers for the ADF families who were present saying: “thank you in a very, very special way for the contribution you make to keeping Australia a safe, happy and a peaceful country.”
The ceremony included a catafalque party lead by Sergeant James Newcombe and bugler Leading Seaman Lucas Salone.
Corporal John Wood, whose son Hudson is in Year 1, said in his keynote speech that the Anzac story shows us how important it was and still is to do our very best for our country Australia and to stand up for what we believe is right.
“The story tells us that we must always be loyal to our country to our friends no matter what the cost and to do everything as well as we possibly can.”
“Anzac Day is not talking of war and fighting as something fantastic… We should always remember that there are never any winners in war,” said Corporal Wood.
He asked the gathering to clap and thank soldiers and former soldiers marching on Anzac Day because they have kept Australia a free and wonderful country.
There was a wreath laying and sacred space created during the ceremony with a slouch hat, candle, tribute to Simpson and his donkey, and a poppy wreath laid near a red cloth.