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28/04/2015

Leaders: Junior Secondary Leaders, Mackenzie and Callum

 

Acknowledgement of Country and Indigenous service: Jordan Kuhn

 

Ensemble: God Save the Queen; National Anthems of Turkey, New Zealand and Australia

 

Mr MacDonald: Last Post and Reveille

 

Vocal Ensemble members: adaptation of Colonel John McCrae’s poem, Flanders Fields and You’ll Never Walk Alone

 

Harristown Hawks came together to commemorate ANZAC Day on the oval on Wednesday.  The oval-bank stage held the field altar, guarded by a Cataflaque Party, made up of volunteer student army and navy cadets. It stood against a backdrop of gum trees and our new Languages Centre and Totem Poles; the perfect setting for the service. 

 

We thank the special guests for their presence, particularly Honourable John McVeigh whose words are paraphrased below.  Students and staff are to be commended on their efforts with a special mention of Mr Parker, Mr MacDonald, Mr Jones, Mr Holcombe, Ms Mazzanti, Ms Ryman, Mr Forknall and our excellent student leaders, vocalists, band members, cadets and tech crew.

 

Special Guest

 

The Honorable Mr John McVeigh spoke about the 10th anniversary of the Gallipoli Landing, the first major military action for Australian and New Zealand soldiers in World War 1.  He reminded us that at the time, the nation was 13 years young.  He discussed the profound impact of the Gallipoli campaign and the legacy left by the soldiers and the legend of the ANZACs.  Mr McVeigh described the first dawn vigil in Toowoomba in 1919, one of the first in Australia, and the dawn service ceremonies of today, reflecting the military tradition of waking soldiers before dawn so they could be prepared for attack in the morning’s half-light and their increased association with the dawn landings of April 25, 1915. 

 

He spoke about former Harristown SHS student, Pilot Officer Robert Carver and acknowledged other past students who are currently serving in the defence forces including:

 
  • Corporal Troy Edwards (RAAF) - Air Surveillance Operator based in Adelaide
  • Gary Hamilton - Pilot
  • Doug Linnett  - whose proud Mum Tracy is a teacher aide here
  • James Rahder – NAVY able seaman combat systems operator
  • Ethan Corbett – NAVY seaman, submariner electronics technician
  • Tim Klassen - ARMY geospatial technician 
  • Corporal David Heffernan - 3RAR whose brother Dan works in IT
  • Ellen Zyla - Able seaman musician
  • Former school captain Glen Little
  • Nick Proudlock – who is in the airforce at Amberley
 

Mr McVeigh finished his speech with a quote from former Prime Minister Hon Paul Keating made at the Entombment of the Unknown Solider at the Australian War Memorial in 1993 which perfectly sums up the Anzac legend:

 

“It is a legend not of sweeping military victories so much as triumphs against the odds, of courage and ingenuity in adversity. It is a legend of free and independent spirits whose discipline derived less from military formalities and customs than from the bonds of mateship and the demands of necessity.”

 

Captains’ Address

 

School Captain, Alysha described both the Landing at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli and the commemoration of the centenary of this event.  She spoke about remembering men and women and extending respect to the Turkish, British, French and New Zealand countries that lost lives in the battles on the Gallipoli Peninsula. 

 

School Captain, Matthew spoke about the character of the ANZACs, describing the actions, service and sacrifice of two notable soldiers, Private Albert Jacka and Second Lieutenant Hugo Throssell.  He reminded students of the conditions in the trenches and on their return home:

 

“So today we must remember not only the brave men and women that saved lives, we must remember every soldier that left our shores, headed for battle, the ones who returned and the ones that lost their lives on the Turkish soil and now lay there to rest. As every one of them were sacrificing their safety for us.  Lest we forget.”

 

Vice-Captains’ Address

 

Vice-Captain Taylor spoke about the courage and legacy of ANZAC soldiers, relating the story of Victoria Cross recipient John Hamilton and his endurance as a then 19 year-old who held strong against the enemy at a critical time. 

 

Vice-Captain Caleb spoke further about the ANZAC character, their strength, determination and the mateship bond created.  He explained why we remember the legend behind the ANZACS, mourning those who are lost and cherishing the values ANZAC soldiers demonstrated in the conflict:

 

Without the sacrifice of boys as young as some of you here we would not hold the ethics and values of our great nation, we would not have the freedom or the ability to be as we are. This is why we remember … For those who fought through hell and high water, through disease and disaster, who were lost, but never to be forgotten, these are our ANZACs. We cannot pretend to understand completely what it was like during 1915 but we can convey what they represent in our culture. Why they stand so highly in our memories and why we commemorate in their honour.

 

Lest We Forget​