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WWI Commemorative Event
August 2014 marked 100 years since the commencement of the First World War.
As part of the Victorian Government’s Anzac Centenary program – Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance travelling roadshow has been launched. Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance events are produced by Cultural Infusion on behalf of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. This program encourages and supports Victorians across the state to learn more about their WWI history, to research their own personal connections, and to work within their local communities to commemorate the Anzac Centenary. An innovative presentation combining video, theatre and narrative to explore the Anzac story occurred on Friday the 17th October involving all Year 10 students as well as the Year 11 History class.
Head of Humanities
2014 marks 100 years since the beginning of the First World War. Salesian College commemorated this through the Anzac Centenary commemorative Event, which consisted of an inspiring performance of the brave Australian soldiers and nurses involved in the war. This experience honoured the commitment and sacrifice of those who had served and sacrificed for our country, as well as influencing and encouraging students to ensure the Anzac legend is remembered, keeping the connections alive so the history of the Anzac legacy will live on for future generations. The performance reflected on emotional experiences that the Australian men and women had faced during the War; such as looking after wounded soldiers and carrying dead bodies. It highlighted the bravery and sacrifice of those whose lives were affected by the war, whether it be those directly fighting in the war or the families at home. During the performance we listened to journal entries from the perspectives of a soldier and nurse, it was sad to hear the harsh conditions they had to work in and how they missed their families. Experience like these would have been similar to almost all those affected in the war. I have realised that everyone has a connection to the first World War, whether it be through family, friends, the local community or those who call Australia home and I am grateful for those who served and made Australia what it is today.
Friday 17 October saw a creative, innovative presentation combining videos, theatre performances and narratives that were showcased to explore the Anzac story that spanned exactly one century ago. The experience was like no other. The year 10 students acted accordingly to the occasion and enjoyed the presentation that is most definitely one to remember. It was a powerful platform through which we better understood, and reflected on the accomplishments and sacrifices of Australians in all conflicts and peacekeeping efforts since the First World War. The years spanning 2014-2018 mark the centenary of World War 1 and the Anzac’s most memorable achievements. On behalf of Year 10, I thank Salesian College for giving us this opportunity and also thank the production crew, Anzac Veterans and officials for attending the afternoon. The presentation came to an end with three very significant words in Australian history, ‘Lest We Forget’. Through this event we have come to understand that we will truthfully never forget what happened 100 years ago.
View the WWI Commemorative Event here.