By Ella B, Harry S, Jack C, Sophie C, Thiyara H, Charlotte O, Alex S and Cherry-May C.
ANZAC Day, a day dedicated to the many soldiers who laid down their lives for this country. The Battle Of Gallipoli may have been a tactical defeat but it sparked the start of our army. This battle was the first real battle Australia took part in.
ANZAC Day officially started in 1916, ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand army corps. This day may be a day off but it is a day of significance to remember and support the fallen and affected soldiers and families.
We gathered at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance to show recognition of the soldiers that fell for the benefits of Australian citizens. The Shrine is a place where we come together to commemorate the soldiers and animals that sacrificed their lives to make Australia a safe country for people to live in. The Shrine of Remembrance was built in 1934 to honour the men and women of Victoria that served so selflessly for us, that respect was then extended to remembering all Aussie soldiers. The Shrine is used for ceremonies and services throughout the year and is one of the biggest and most widely used Shrines in Australia.
Legacy organised our buses in order for us to go to the event. The Legacy charity started when a World War One soldier promised his dying friend that when he went back he would look after his wife and children. They now support families that are suffering after injury or death of a family member in the war.
The four Kalinda School Captains (Hudson, Jack, Olive and Thiyara) laid a wreath at Melbourne Legacy’s 88th Annual ANZAC Commemoration for Students Shrine of Remembrance, on behalf of the Kalinda community. Laying a wreath is a symbol of remembering those many ANZACS who fought and served our country. This form of remembering was done in silence.
The Shrine of Remembrance (ANZAC Museum) is located in the Melbourne City. It opened on the 11th of November 1934, which marks the day World War One ended. It has a lot of rare items from the war that usually can’t be found anywhere else, like the Gallipoli Boats, there are only two left in the world!
At the ceremony there were a lot of beautiful speeches that we sat down and listened to, paying our respects. Some of them were poems. For example, there was a Year 10 boy that read a magnificent poem that he wrote himself. Some other poems that were read were, Flanders Fields and The Ode. Everyone had to stand for the National Anthem before all the speeches were read.
Everybody stood with pride and respect. Playing the music in front of us was the one and only Melbourne High School Band. They were amazing for how remarkably well they played and should be very pleased for how they paid their respects in many ways. As the sweet sounding tunes opened up, a roaring noise came above us. We all looked up to see a v-shape of fighter planes soaring in the blue sky. Truly a day to remember!
Today, Anzac Day is more than just a day off school, it is a day of remembrance. It is a day to not only remember the fallen soldiers, but to remember Australia and New Zealand fighting together at Gallipoli, side by side. We pay respect to the soldiers who fought in this conflict by attending dawn services, participating in one minutes silence and listening to bugle calls. Anzac Day will continue to be an important date on our calendar for a long time into the future.