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19 November, 2021

Remembrance Day Balaclava State School

THE display of Remembrance Day poppies at Balaclava State School last Thursday ensured passing motorists and the general public could share the moment.

By Maria Larkins

Each class was asked to reflect upon the meaning of the day and write messages of remembrance for the fallen. The poppies were hung along the fence of the school and included special notes to individual soldiers: “Dear Sapper Martin, I am thankful for what you did for your county.” 

Or poignant prose: “Long ago and far away, across the ocean wild and wide the young man stormed an alien shore where many of them died.” 

There were also more traditional tributes: “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them, who saved us.” “Forever lost, forever changed. We care so we remember. We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.” “They gave their tomorrow so we could have our today … lest we forget.” “Lest we forget. The living owe it to those who no longer can speak, to tell their story for them.” 

“Because of your service, we live in peace. Lest we forget.” “Lest we forget, thank you for your service – remembering the fallen.” “We will remember you because you fought for our freedom.” “Australia remembers.” 

Earlier in the day, Major Stamell, Commanding Officer of A Company, 51st Battalion, Fair North Queensland Regiment, addressed the whole school at the Remembrance Day parade. 

Major Stamell spoke about the history of Remembrance Day and why it is important to commemorate it.

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