ANZAC Day Ceremony

Anzac Day is a day dedicated to remembering all Australians who sacrificed their lives for their country. It is one of Australia’s most important national occasions and marks the anniversary of the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. We were reminded of this day’s significance this year as we commemorated 100 years of Australia’s involvement on the Western Front. We commemorate to preserve the Anzac legend which has become an important part of Australia’s identity and to remember and appreciate those who fought and died in the war. This unites all Australians, regardless of background and gives us a strong sense of Australian identity and nationalism.

At Bethany, we held our own Anzac ceremony hosted by Year 9 students. During the ceremony we paid our respects to those whose lives were lost during the war, and remembered their courage and sacrifice. We spoke of the Lone Pine and its significance, mentioning its descendant that now grows on the school grounds. The college wreath was presented (later to be laid at the base of Bethany’s Lone Pine tree) and the ceremony was finished with the Last Post and the recitation of the Ode, followed by one minute of silence.  We were lucky enough to be joined by Ken Markos and representatives from Bexley RSL and were able to eat and talk with them after the ceremony. It was an inspirational experience, and an honour to hear their stories and gain an understanding of what Anzac means for them.

 – Alana Jones (Year 9)