We had our ANZAC Ceremony (for WW100 (one hundred years since ANZACS landed at Gallipoli- hence WW100 and not WW1)) at Birkdale Primary today. It was such a special day. I think there were 30 ex-Birkdale students who went to WWI, 12 didn’t come home. The seniors built an ANZAC pathway as a memorial for the lost soldiers and there is a memorial rock outside the school dedicated to all soldiers who went to war (both ex-Birkdale and residents of the Northcote/Birkenhead/Birkdale areas).
The Te P kids (Maori Immersion) did a special Haka and then the school joined in with Ka Mate. Kids were called forwards to put poppies on the 12 crosses of those who died and a parent played the Last Post while the flag was being lowered . A really unforgettable day.
It really is sad and it made me feel like crying when the names of the lost soldiers were called. So many of them were a little older than me, my age or younger then me. A lot of them just went MIA – there was no known cause of death and it was unknown as to when they died. It is sad because a lot of the families would not have had the knowledge of what had happened to their sons…so there probably was a lack of closure for them.
All the teachers had to dress up in 100 years ago costumes. The ANZACS landed at Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915 – so 100 years ago tomorrow. Lest we forget, we will remember them…
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Here’s what I wore:
The clothes I wore are:
Vintage – from the 90s. My mum used to wear the skirt and top in the 90s.
The boots are Vintage Victorian style boots I found at Savemart.
I did have a hat with some flowers on it, but I forgot to put it on for this photo.