After some breakfast later in the morning, Sheryl and Domenic took me into town to attend the ANZAC service. After finding a place to park just up the street from the service, we walked through the rain toward the Boer War Memorial, situated on Main Street. We arrived to find a few hundred people, prepared for a downpour, along with veterans, young scouts, and a few familiar faces from school.
The memorial was covered in flowers and wreaths were laid down against the base. The ceremony started with a prayer, which was followed by a few speakers. Two of BSC’s school captains spoke at the ceremony and did a fantastic job; I was really impressed with their speeches! The ceremony closed with the singing of the New Zealand and then Australian, national anthems.
At the ceremony, I couldn’t stop thinking about learning about the importance of Anzac Day a few years ago when I was on a school trip to Gelibolu (more popularly known as Gallipoli). Ninety-seven years ago, on this date, the forces of the British Empire, along with the French, arrived on the shores of the peninsula of Gallipoli, At this point in history, the land was still under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Anzac Day is held on the 25th of April every year, traditionally, to commemorate Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops who fought at Gallipoli during the Great War. In modern times, the day is used to commemorate ANZAC troops who have served and died in the name of freedom for their country.
After the service, I headed up to the memorial for a closer look. At the memorial, I ran into Tim Bull, the Member of Victoran Parliament representing Gippsland East. He looks like a young Louie Anderson, if you ask me! He was nice enough to talk to me and I eventually got a picture with him. Its not everyday that you meet a politician!
After the ceremony, standing in the rain, we headed home. We were looking forward to the traditional Anzac Day AFL match between Collingwood and Essendon. We enjoyed the exciting game whilst eating pies. I had a seafood pie that was amazing, and I couldn’t help myself, so I had a second. I will certainly miss the pies when I leave next week!
Only two more days of teaching! Tomorrow I have “Animal Inside” and then have the rest of the day to clean up my desk and plan for Friday. This weekend, the plan as of now, is to go fishing with Linda on Saturday and then go out to dinner with a few of the staff that night as a last get together before I leave. I’m really excited for this!