ANZAC Day, 25 April, is one of Australia's most important national occasions. On this day we honour all the men and women who have participated in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations around the world, including the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) who fought at Gallipoli in Tureky during World War I. Incredibly, more than 100 years have passed since Australia's involvement in the First World War. As a nation, we take pride in this day and show our respect for the lives lost. It is important for our children to take pride in our culture and honour our past by commemorating our ANZACs.
At Trinity Lutheran College we hold a special Chapel service and assembly at both campuses in honour of ANZAC Day. Importantly we remind students of the concept that every person is God's creation, that we are created in His image and that through His sacrifice and incredible love for us, we are blessed with the gift of eternal life. This is a powerful message in the context of war and conflict.
Our students learn about sacrifice, determination and respect, understanding that these soldiers gave their lives at Gallipoli as well as the challenges that these young men endured. They are able to appreciate a significant aspect that defines us as a nation - the spirit of mateship and camaraderie that sustains us.
They also learn about the significance of the lone Pine Tree and that our tree on our Ashmore Road campus is descendant of the Lone Pine that marked the position of one of the bitterest battles at Gallipoli in WWI. We also remember and honour one of our own students Signaller Sean McCarthy (Class of 2000) who was killed in a roadside bombing in 2008 whilst serving in Afghanistan.
In a world where conflict and war are becoming all too frequent and normal, it is important to stop and reflect on those who have lost their lives or been affected by war - mentally or physically. By considering the past and the present, the sacrifices, fear and suffering endured by all, we hope to teach our students to act with courage, humility and with peace. In this regard we are very proud of Elliena who played the last post and rouse at the 2016 commemoration of the Battle of Kapyong. The President of the South East Asia Korea Peacekeepers Association has asked for an assembly acknowledgement and certificate presentation to Elliena on behalf of SEAKPA. We also acknowledge Bianca who was asked to join the Gold Coast City Brass Band for the ANZAC Day marches, a wonderful honour.