April 25th 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. Many young and innocent lives from Australia and New Zealand were lost in this war. Turkey lost their favourite sons in this war as well. Yet these young men did not die for nothing. They died for the peace of the world and for a better future.
Salesian College Rupertswood commemorated the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC at its Lake Side Stadium on Friday 24th April. It was attended reverently by all students and staff together with a number of local dignitaries including Mr Rob Mitchell the Federal Member of Parliament, Fr John Papworth SDB, Fr Kevin Mackintosh of Sunbury Parish and Mr Mark Brockhus the principal of the college.
The memorial included some scripture readings, poems, hymns and prayers, video reflection and the Last Post. Five cadet students of Rupertswood impressively performed a catafalque during the ceremony. The Rector of Salesian College, Fr Will Matthews SDB, concluded the ceremony with a prayer for the repose of the souls of the ANZAC soldiers and a blessing to the congregation.
It was a very moving and impressive ANZAC memorial hosted by Salesian College Rupertswood under the direction of Ms Narelle Stone. It was a well-deserved tribute to the ones who gave their lives for the good of the world. As Jesus said, No one has greater love than to lay down his life for his friends [Jn 15: 13].
Following the war, Australia and New Zealand have united even more. The Turks are now reconciled with Australia and New Zealand. We can only strive for a better and peaceful future. These three countries have moved on and celebrated the ANZAC in unity on 25th April each year for many years.
Their lives are gone. Yet they remain with us forever.
Lest we forget!