Honouring the ANZACs
On the 25th April 2020 Australia commemorated ANZAC Day like never before. For the first time in almost a century, veterans and their families did not march, memorials were empty and there was no footy match at the MCG. For our school, where remembering ANZAC Day has always been an important tradition, there was no assembly, no wreath laying ceremony and no speech to give.
However, although the day this year will look very different from those past, we believe its significance will increase.
At Dandenong High School on Friday 24th April, the Mr Collier (School Council President), Mr Dewar, and Mrs Ogden laid three wreaths at the foot of our lone pine in the ANZAC garden, on behalf of staff, students and parents. They silently (and separately) acknowledged the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in war or on peacekeeping operations.
In these strange times, ANZAC Day gives us a moment to reflect on who we are as Australians, to embrace the ANZAC spirit and the qualities we as a nation value and believe in.