Posted by Therese Hughes
on 13 November 2020
De La Salle Catholic College Cronulla recently commemorated Remembrance Day - an important ceremony that remembers the end of World War I and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in war.
The most noticeable symbol of Remembrance Day is the red Flanders poppy. It was popularised in the contemporary poem, 'In Flanders Fields,' by the Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who was moved to write the poem in 1915 after the death of a close friend on the Western Front. McCrae's poem has inspired generations to recognise the red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in war.
The College's Youth Ministry Team asked students and teachers in the week leading up to the ceremony to write the name of someone that they know or knew who served in war on the back of a commemorative poppy or to look up the Australian War Memorial to find the name of a person they could remember for the ceremony.
These paper poppies were planted around the College flag poles to serve as a personal reminder for students and staff to help remember that the peace and security we take for granted is due largely to the bravery of those commemorated in the Remembrance Day ceremony.
"It's important for students to take time out of their busy school day to remember significant events in Australia and Remembrance Day is one of those events," said College Evangelisation and Youth Ministry Coordinator, Mrs Therese Hughes.
"We sometimes forget that Australia was a small nation with a population of fewer than five million people at the start of World War I and more than 400,000 Australians put their hands up to enlist. From this group of brave Australians, 62,000 were killed and 155,000 wounded. A further 8,000 died of war-related injuries after the war." David Callander HSIE Coordinator