Lone Pine soldiers remembered

DSCN0389aSt Patrick’s Catholic Primary Sutherland students made 2,277 crosses to mark the battle responsible for the highest number of casualties of the World War I Gallipoli campaign.

The colourful crosses made from paddle pop sticks and painted with messages of remembrance and support will go global, with the National War Memorial Canberra to distribute the crosses to places around the world where Australian soldiers of all generations have fought.

Each cross represents one Australian soldier who died or was wounded at Lone Pine. They were first displayed during the unveiling of a bronze memorial at Woronora Cemetery on August 6.

“We were very happy to be involved,” said Principal Phillip Tax.

“Every single student has made a cross, and some have made many. It has really opened up the eyes of the students to the connection of them as primary-aged children to what had gone on 100 years ago at Lone Pine.”

  • Read more in the Term 3 edition of About Catholic Schools magazine.

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