“Lest we forget”, a phrase taken from the poem, Recessional, written by Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) has been used by Australians during ANZAC day, 25 April, and Remembrance Day, 11 November, each year. Its usage signifies our plea not to forget the past sacrifices of our fallen soldiers or those who suffered for Australia’s cause in all wars and armed conflicts.
Using the phrase, “Lest we forget”, and having the ANZAC day services, on both campuses on 22 April (Friday) at the college or holding one-minute silence on Remembrance Day, are ways by which we educate our young charges about the sacrifices young people made in the past in order for peace to be restored. It is not a time to debate if past wars and armed conflicts are necessary; but a time to show respectful reverence for those who left their families to fulfil their duties as soldiers and never returned home or returned home suffering significant trauma due to their experience. For those college families who lost family members due to past armed conflicts, these services are significant for your families as we show our solidarity with you in remembering your love ones.
In addition to remembering the fallen soldiers during this time, I would like to take this opportunity to remember and pray for the soldiers and innocent citizens caught up in the civil wars and insurgencies around the world at the moment. We pray that God will give them strength and courage; and provide them with refuge and solace in this challenging time in their lives. We pray for their continual safety and that these man-made conflicts will be resolved soon.
"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."
Extract from For the Fallen Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
Mrs Tsae Wong