In 1914 war broke out, of the 416,809 people enlisted, 60,000 Australian soldiers died, 156,000 were wounded, gassed or taken prisoner. Today we remember and commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who participated and were affected by war. We have speeches, praying, a moment of silence, wreath laying and parades.
During Anzac Day we remember those who have fought and died by holding Dawn Services, at the time of the original landing in Gallipoli. Another service is held later in the day where servicemen and women march through the cities and smaller towns such as ours.
Our School Captains, Rhiannon Goossens and Tiarna Prattley, attended the annual Beaufort Anzac Day service at the Beaufort Memorial Gardens to show their respect. Rhiannon bared the English flag, to symbolise the allied forces whilst others held the Australian flag. Tiarna laid the wreath for Beaufort Secondary College, followed by a moment of silence.
Our Sports Captains, Willem Greymans and Issy McLinden, attended the Skipton Anzac Day service where they marched from the local primary school to lay the wreath for Beaufort Secondary College and deliver the ode, followed by a moment of silence.
On this day, we remember those who were lost as well as what war does to a family, a town and a nation.
Lest we forget.