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Reaffirming the ANZAC Spirit

Our national day of remembrance, ANZAC Day, originally commemorated the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire. In more recent times it has become a day to honour those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations around the world. This sombre day offers us a chance to acknowledge the contribution and suffering of all those who have served and sacrificed so much.

Brookfield Memorial

Ten enthusiastic young ATC gentlemen assembled at the Brookfield Showground on Monday morning to take part in a rather unique ANZAC Day celebration. The boys were there to assist with logistics and provide support to the organisers. Once the day commenced, the boys’ main duty was to serve breakfast to ex-servicemen and women and to help out on the cash register with sales to the public. After breakfast, the boys helped out on the cricket pitch by presenting the game day shirts to the cricket players. The day culminated with a cricket game between the Australian Army team and Brookfield A-Grade team.

Armoury

Assembled at the showgrounds were some armoured vehicles that make up part of the Light Cavalry Brigade. The boys had an opportunity to get up close to the equipment and machinery and were lucky enough to have a photo taken with one of the tanks. While in and amongst it all they had great smiles on their faces marvelling at the dimensions of the armoured fighting vehicles. They were in awe at how so many men can fit inside such a confined space.

Perfect Gentlemen

The boys were perfect in their manners and service and many comments were passed about how excellent they were. They wore their uniform with pride and celebrated in the spirit of the Anzacs. The day was such a success that Lt Col Rick Maher has invited ATC to be a part of the ANZAC Day celebration into the future.

What a fantastic day and it was excellent to see ATC represented in the public so impressively. I would like to thank e Tom Lever, Tom Lally, Tom Willsford, Owen Griffin, Allan Currie-Saunders, Timothy Geers, Joshua Patch, Alex Bradshaw and Miles Bojorge for their commitment to making the day one to remember.

Mr Adrian Cullen, Year 7 Teacher
cullena@atc.qld.edu.au