Remembrance Day - 2020
Each year on 11 November, Remembrance Day, we mark the date in 1918 when the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. It was the end of the First World War.
The day originally commemorated the 330,000 Australians who served in this war, and the more than 60,000 who died, but has since become a day to remember those who have served, died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
On Remembrance Day 2020 – the year we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII – we honour, recognise and remember all veterans, including those who served in WWII. We also acknowledge the sacrifice made by families on the homefront.
Our school recognised Remembrance Day in a COVID – safe way, through placing a wreath at the Melton Cenotaph on behalf of our school community and also placing a wreath under our Australian flag at school. In addition our Student Leaders conducted a short ceremony over the PA system and observed a minute’s silence, pausing just before 11am.
The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in the Winnowing Fan; Poems of the Great War in 1914. The verse, which became the League Ode, was already used in association with commemoration services in Australia in 1921.
"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."
Kathy Cvitkovic – Assistant Principal 3-6