On Wednesday 24 April, Trinity held its annual ANZAC Day service. This is a poignant moment in our calendar as many of our graduates have joined the armed services on completing their Trinity journey. We always make two special acknowledgements during our service. The first is the Lone Pine tree which is planted in front of the Trinity Centre and was donated by the Wall Family. This tree was grown from a seed from the original Lone Pine tree that stood at Gallipoli and gave name to the Battle of Lone Pine which took place in 1915. Trinity’s Lone Pine stands as a living reminder of those who have fought and continue to fight to protect us.
The second is the remembrance of Signaller Sean McCarthy. Sean was a student at Trinity and graduated in 2000. He was the sixth Australian soldier to tragically die in Afghanistan in 2008.
Our ANZAC Day service this year had a special focus on the Australian Victorian Cross. The Hall of Valour sits in the centre of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. It honours those men who have received the Victorian Cross for their actions.
The The Victoria Cross for Australia is the highest award in the Australian Honours System. Prior to 1991, Australia used the British Honours System, and, under this system, the Imperial Victoria Cross was awarded. Only 96 Australian men, from the Boar war in 1900 through to the Vietnam war, have been awarded the Imperial VC. Twenty-eight Australians have been awarded the medal posthumously.
The Victoria Cross for Australia takes precedence over all other Australian orders and decorations, except the Imperial Victoria Cross, with which it shares equal precedence. Since 1991, only 4 men have been awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia. All for their action in Afghanistan. It is the heroism of these men that was the focus of our service.
Australian men and women continue to serve in armed conflicts. From Federation to the present day, over 100,000 Australians have lost their lives through armed conflict. Many more thousands have been wounded and the number of Australians who have served abroad in wartime totals over a million. It is vital that we continue to acknowledge and pay respect to these men and women and the sacrifices that they have made for us.
Mr Jason Breese
Head of Year 8