School students commemorate the ANZACs


Thousands of students gathered in ANZAC Square today for the annual Commemoration Ceremony. The Governor spoke to the young crowd about the importance of keeping the ANZAC legacy alive.

Lucy Czerwinski reports.

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The Last Post bugle call signifies one minute of reflection.

For many of the youngest students, this is their first-ever ANZAC ceremony.

Hon. Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland: “Because of you, Australians not yet born will always remember those to whom we owe so much.”

Thousands of primary and secondary students from across Queensland converged on Brisbane’s CBD for the 22nd Commemoration Ceremony.

Colonel David Smith, ANZAC Day Committee: “What I see as the continuation of the ANZAC spirit through generations I don’t think it’s something we can take for granted it needs to be constantly renewed and the way we renew it is through students.”

School captains and student leaders laid wreaths at the eternal flame paying their respects to the fallen soldiers of war.

Vox-Pop 1: “I think it’s important to remember all the ANZACs did for us and the sacrifices they made and everyone’s ancestors that fought in the war.”

Vox-Pop 2: “ANZAC Day is important to me because family history. My great, great grandfather fought in World War One and my great grandfather fought in World War Two and my Dad’s an armed soldier.”

Recipients of the Premier’s ANZAC Prize shared their experiences visiting the Western Front for the 100th anniversary of Villers-Bretonneux.

Matisse Reid, ANZAC Prize Recipient: “To actually visit and to go to these places gives you such a profound and complex understanding of what the ANZAC legend means and it’s the experiences that I had that are the kind of experiences that will keep me coming back to ANZAC services every year.”

Ongoing funding also keeps the ANZAC legend alive.

The Queensland Government has committed nearly $200,000 to ensure students don’t forget the ANZAC spirit.

2018 marks the official end of World War One centenary commemorations, and a new century of rememberance ahead.

Lucy Czerwinski, QUT News.