Mike Connolly: Hello, my name is Mike Connolly. Today we celebrate and commemorate all those people who’ve served our country in past conflicts. We remember all those people who have gone before us to make our country what it is today. At St Columban’s it means a lot to remember our ANZACs and all those people who’ve served in times of war and as a community we will normally get together and march down at Caboolture and we will attend dawn services all over the Moreton Bay region.
Mike Connolly: This year is going to be a little bit different, but we are still committed to commemorating those people who’ve served and as a community we call it #StC Remembers. Each of our students will dress in their uniform and follow the lighting up of the dawn of the RSL and we will see our students going down their driveways with candles, lighting those candles and maybe giving some remarks on how they are going to remember these people. I urge all of our community to please tune in to all those different services that are being telecast, because it is an important day for us. And I think it’s a time that we sit and remember all these people who’ve made our country what it is today. You will see during the day, our two school captains, Ryan and Ava will speak a little bit about Anzac Day and what it means to the youth.
Ava Curtis: They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.
Each Anzac Day, we do not meet to celebrate or glorify war, but rather to remember those who served our country so we can live in peace. Anzac Day is categorically important to me as the time to reflect, remember, thank and commemorate those who sacrificed so much for us so we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today. Anzac Day is such an important part in our country’s history, it’s a day about much more than the symbols of war, it is about the pride we as Australians have for the soldiers who have served unconditionally for our country and to continually remember and acknowledge the great lengths these soldiers went to.
Ava Curtis: The Anzac’s fought for the freedom of the citizens of their own country, and we are immensely grateful for that freedom today. For our tomorrow they gave their today. Although the number of Anzac’s remaining diminishes, their spirit will live forever within us all. Therefore, we must continue to remember them and reflect upon the stories of tragedy, bravery, courage, and resilience that embody the Anzac spirit and legend.
Ava Curtis: Even in adverse times such as those we are facing today, we must come together and help one another just like the ANZACs did. No matter the circumstance, we must always remember the ANZACs and how did they gave up their lives so we, the citizens of Australia and New Zealand can live freely today. Although we aren’t able to remember together through ceremonies and parades, paying a simple respect of standing on your curb for a minute of silence to pay respect for the soldiers that have given their lives so we can live ours. We Will Remember Them.
Ryan Ogrodniczek: Anzac Day, a time of remembrance and recognition that has, and always will be one of the most significant aspects of the Australian and New Zealand story. A day where we are reminded of those who paid the ultimate price, who will be forever cherished for the life and freedoms they have provided us with.
For my family, Anzac Day is about marching in our local area with fellow schools and surrounding members of the community, laying a wreath for those who laid their lives down for the freedoms we enjoy today. However, we Australians know that wherever you are in the world, there is always a place that you can honour them. In these unfamiliar times, we must look to other ways we can show our utmost gratitude and respect for those who fought 105 years ago and in many other world conflicts since.
Ryan Ogrodniczek: For us to uphold our spirit, tradition and community away from the school yard, we encourage all of our St Columban students to stand outside their homes, either with a lit candle at dawn, or with a sign that reads a message of importance to our beloved ANZACs.
Ryan Ogrodniczek: Before I finish, I wish that you all stay positive during this uncertain time. While you may be confined to your homes with loved ones, there are also those out there in hospitals, others quarantine from loved ones, some serving with the community selflessly in the form of health care, education, and other essential services. The Anzac spirit lives in all of us. Remembering the spirit, the courage, the bravery, and the selflessness for those who are fought for our freedoms is something we must never under estimate the legacy of the ANZACs. Lest we forget.