This morning, MLA John Hargreaves opened the Combined Primary School ANZAC Day and Peace Ceremony on my behalf.
The ceremony has been coordinated by the Woden Valley Returned Services League (RSL) of Australia in collaboration with ACT primary schools. This year around 1,000 year five and six students attended the ceremony.
ANZAC is a day for all Australians to remember those who have fought for our country, and remember their sacrifice. We do not seek to glorify war, but rather to acknowledge and honour the values of those brave men and women who have fought for peace and our country.
It is important for the younger generation to continue the ANZAC spirit and thank them for their courage in fighting for our Australian democratic ideal.
In conjunction with this event, the Woden Valley RSL asked students in nearby schools to write an essay on what ANZAC Day means to them. Around 20 essays have been received this year from primary and high school students.
I thank the Woden Valley Returned and Services League Sub-Branch for organising the ceremony and Essay Competition and all the students who have been involved and shown such interest in the history of the ANZACs.
I also thank my colleague John Hargreaves for attending today's ceremony on my behalf.
- Statement ends -
Section: Dr Chris Bourke, MLA | Media Releases