The ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for students is an annual service to honour Australia’s brave service men and women through the eyes of the young.
The service features student guest speakers, school bands and choirs along with attendance by the Defence Force cadets.
The Commemoration Ceremony is proudly supported by Melbourne Legacy’s patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria along with dignitaries and a RAAF fly-over.
Secondary and primary school children are invited to lay wreaths and display their school banners as part of the service.
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Melbourne Legacy’s annual ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for Students is a traditional event that has spanned decades. This year marked the celebration of the 88th Commemorative Ceremony with over three and half thousand students gathering at the Shrine of Remembrance to honour the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served our country.
Receiving a sprig of rosemary, redolent with ancient symbology and significant for its presence on the slopes of Gallipoli, students were encouraged to wear the medals of deceased relatives.
The Governor of Victoria, The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, addressed the students in a moving speech that thanked Legacy for our ongoing work with the families of veterans, and also noted the service of those men and women currently on active duty.
Following a ceremony that was attended by the Defence Force Cadets and included performances by school bands and choirs, many young people took the opportunity to visit the Crypt and Galleries of Remembrance inside the Shrine, where staff and volunteers were available to engage with and answer any questions.
Thousands of students pausing to reflect on the monumental impact that losing 60,000 young Australians between 1914 – 1918 had on our country, in a war that irrevocably shaped our nation and which, resonates today as we commemorate risk, valour and honour – vowing not to forget.