The Community Remembers

Clairvaux MacKillop College participates in the Sunnybank and District RSL Commemorative ANZAC Day March and Service, 2016 marking 101 years since the Gallipoli landings

By Sean McParland,  Student Voice Leader

Monday the 25th of April marks the 101st anniversary of the landing of Anzac troops on Gallipoli. The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. Yet, however important the Anzac legend may be, this day goes beyond that. It is a day we remember all Australian service men and women who have died in war or are still in operational service. If it wasn’t for the sacrifices of these great men and women, and other members of the Australian community during times of war, we wouldn’t be gifted with the freedoms we have today.

So what does Anzac day mean for you? When asked the question to Australian Airforce Cadet Sergeant and CMC Surawski House Captain, Kyle Lancelot, he said:

“ANZAC day too many, is the day on which the ANZAC’s landed at Gallipoli in 1915. A day to honour those and pay tribute to all current and former members of the Australian Defence Force, those lost in training, on operations, wounded, injured and to me, it means all that and more. With a proud history of serving members in my family; both present and past, it has always meant something special to me, all members of the ADF being idolised and someone I want to aspire to be like. The actions that were displayed by all of the ANZAC troops during WWI was phenomenal, just from hearing stories passed down from generation to generation is incredible. What those soldiers went through is something that we should never have to experience in our lives, those men and women had the courage and will to survive and push on. The soldiers that represented both Australia and New Zealand left their legacy and that is something I wish to do myself. To put it simply, what ANZAC day means to me, is to be able to take pride in what the men and woman have done to make Australia and New Zealand what it is today. Without the loss of many and the effort from many more, Australian culture and mate ship wouldn’t be what it is today.”

I think Kyle says it perfectly and it’s definitely great to see such remembrance is alive in the CMC community. It being present in both his words and from the action of today’s service and March.

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