On Saturday I was privileged to attend the Drysdale RSL Remembrance Day ceremony with our School Captains Tom, Lily, Will and Ruby.
The group read a poem by Australian poet Stewart Elliott “Those Who Came Home”.
In the still of the morning, the flag flies at half mast
And the little girl looks up, wonders and asks.
Grandad explains to her it’s a symbol of pride
To remember those who served and sometimes died.
She sees the old men marching in the parade
The crowds have gathered on ANZAC Day
To remember and reflect on legends of past
Of courage and bravery and standing steadfast.
Those who debate what we fight for
Enjoy the freedom that comes from war.
Brave men and women who answered the call
Their future cut short, now names on a wall.
The ANZAC Spirit will live on in the hearts of the young
Honour, pride and passion of a job well done.
To the Airmen, soldiers, sailors, and cadets
We give thanks to you, Lest we Forget.
Remembrance Day marks the date in 1918 when the First World War came to an end. It is officially observed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year. The captains did an awesome job reading the poem and paying their respects for those who have served our country.