Students Foster ANZAC Spirit
|Thousands of school children kept the ANZAC spirit alive when they came together for Legacy’s 85th ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance to honour the Aussie service men and women who did not return home and the devastating loss to their families.|
The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria and Legacy’s Patron said Legacy has always been there for families of veterans to minimise hardship as a result of death or injury and the connection to youth through the Commemoration Ceremony has endured and grown.
“It is heart-warming to see the thousands of Victorian students who turn up each year to remember those lost in times of war and embrace the ANZAC values of mateship, compassion, fairness and honesty.”
The students who attend Legacy’s Commemoration Service received a sprig of rosemary as a symbol of remembrance. They were invited to proudly wear their relatives’ medals, lay wreaths and display their school banners.
Highlights of Legacy’s ANZAC Student Commemoration Service at the Shrine of Remembrance included a RAAF fly-over, Guard of Honour, and moving renditions by the Melbourne High School band and the Mac Robertson’s Girls’ High School choir and a young Bugler sounding the Last Post.
Templestowe College year 12 student and Junior Legatee, Levi Schumacher participated in the Ceremony and receive the Legacy Torch – the undying flame of service and sacrifice.
Levi’s dad, Mark, was in the Navy and sadly passed away in 2009. As a skilled artist Levi would like to be a graphic designer and Legacy is helping him with his education costs to support him to achieve his ambition. Levi also enjoys the companionship of Legacy’s youth activities.
“Legacy has been like a second family to me,” Levi said.
|Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the death or physical or mental injury of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. At Melbourne Legacy we currently care for more than 13,500 widows and dependents.|