Students honour fallen
CHILDREN, like Connor Dei Rossi and Ryan Reid, are learning what Remembrance Day is all about through new school-based program.
The Glenmore State School captains, who will give speeches at the school's first Remembrance Day ceremony in a long time, said they learnt a lot about Australia's historical links to the First World War.
"We are going to talk about what happened in WWI and the treaty, what year it was in," said Connor.
"We are going to talk about the pledge and Ryan is going to say the pledge. And talk about the red poppies."
He said he didn't know much before, but did know a bit about the First World War and the poppies.
Ryan, on the other hand, said he knew nothing.
"I didn't really know that much until today," he told the Morning Bulletin yesterday.
"I didn't know about the poppies, that they laid in the battlefield; who actually made the poem. I didn't know when WWI started or when it finished. I didn't know about the treaty, when it was signed."
Connor and Ryan are participating in Read2Remember, which is an initiative of a Sunshine Coast charity called SunnyKids.
The aim of the event is to bring the importance of Remembrance Day to children through literature and learning.
Teacher Librarian Tania Biddulph said the students usually commemorated the fallen soldiers with a minute's silence in their classroom.
"But this year, we are having a parade," she said.
Mrs Biddulph said there were two reasons why she signed the school up - to teach students about Remembrance Day and to encourage students to use their literacy skills.
At 11am today, children will observe the minute's silence followed by the reading of the poem Pledge of Remembrance, penned especially for school children by Australia's much-loved modern day poet, Rupert McCall.
Where to remember:
- Capricornia RSL at the Wall of Remembrance at the Frenchville Sports Club, Clifton St, Rockhampton, 11am.
- Diggers Memorial Bowls Club, Robinson St, 10.45am.
- At the Cenotaph outside the Gracemere RSL, James St, Gracemere, 10.30am.
- Mt Morgan RSL will hold a service at Anzac Park on Morgan St , Mt Morgan, 11am.
- Emu Park RSL at 1 Emu St, Emu Park, 10.30am.
- Yeppoon RSL's service at 10.30am, followed by a lunch at the RSL for a gold coin donation, with a guest speaker talking on 'Women in Uniform'.