Anzac Day much different in New Zealand

April 27, 2011

Anzac Day is celebrated in New Zealand in a different way to in Australia, students at the Bingara Central School were told prior to the Easer break.

School Vice Captain, Latika Masih, was one of a number of students who took part in an Anzac Day service in the school grounds.  Also present at the service were representatives of the Bingara RSL Sub Branch.

“At my previous school in New Zealand, we didn’t celebrate Anzac Day,” Letika told the crowd.“Today this ceremony is very special to me because it’s the first one that I’ve attended, and I’ve been looking forward to learning how Australian students celebrate this day.

“In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve noticed that this school has a stong traditon of commemorating the fallen soldiers of our community.  So today, as Australians, we all stand together, united as one and reflecton the sacrifices made by our fallen soldiers.  This sacrifice meant that today we enjoy freedom and democracy in this country,” Latika said.

Another speaker, Sam Briody, said that for him, Anzac Day is “a day of remembering, a day of saying thank you to all the men and women who have fought for our freedom.  Thank you to all the soldiers who have fought hard and lost their lives for us.  To march with the diggers on Anzac Day is a great honour and a day I will always take pride in” Sam said.

School Captain, Gabbie Brennan, remembered Anzac Day in the RSL gardens.“I remember standing in the RSL gardens, in the one minute silence thinking about my great grandfather who fought in WWII, and died later of illnesses caused by it.

“I never got to meet him, but he is the one I always think about, personally thanking him for the freedom I now experience.

“I now think of past local students and families in the community who are currently serving in the armed forces, and still protecting our freedom. I would like to thank those who have fought and those that are still fighting,” Gabbie said