Today the entire school walked to the Reflection Space in the centre of Hawkesdale. A number of community members, including local council member, Jim Doukas, and staff and students from the Pre-School also attended.
The Moyne Shire Youth Councillors capably led the service, which included:
- Recitation of ‘In Flanders Fields‘ poem
- A commemorative address
- Laying of the wreaths
- Ode to the Fallen
- The Last Post led into the one minute’s silence, followed by the Rouse.
- The Australian flag was lowered as Ode to the Fallen was played and raised again as The Last Post was played.
At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month 95 years ago, the First World War was over. Hawkesdale P12 College students from year prep to 11 walked to the Hawkesdale Reflection Space to join members of the community in a commemorative service honouring those who have served us in past wars. Students led the service and wreaths were placed at the memorial space.
Sarah H shared her thoughts on what Remembrance Day means to her:-
Remembrance Day is important to me because it makes us remember that the soldiers have fought and died in war for us, the future generations of Australians. They have fought for us in the hope that we can grow up in a safe environment without war. They continue fighting overseas today to keep war from our shores, so that our country doesn’t become riddled with trenches and war grounds and we can grow up in peace.
Lest we forget!
This morning our school remembered those who had were members of the armed forces and who have died in the line of duty. All students walked to the new reflection area in Hawkesdale where a special ceremony was held. Members of the community were there as well. A special service was held which included:-
- reading of presentations prepared by the year 10 students
- lowering of the flag to half mast
- “When I was 19” – a year 9/10 band item
- laying of wreaths at the flag pole
- the last post
- 1 minutes silence
- the National Anthem
As it is a special day to also celebrate “Home is where the hall is”. Community members and student groups could visit the hall to see the special displays setup and enjoy light refreshments.