ANZAC Day pride on parade

ALMOST 700 students gathered at the Windermere Community Foreshore Park last month to remember those who sacrificed their lives for their country.

Held at the Claremont War Memorial, the ANZAC Flag Parade was led by a marching band alongside members of Claremont RSL and Claremont College VET Australian Defence Force.

Students from local schools followed close behind, marching in tribute to the Australian soldiers who fought in World War One.

The site of the memorial is located close to where more than 2000 soldiers took part in a training camp.

Parade director Martin Watkins said the parade was a way of involving students in the community and the event was tailored to suit them.

“When you’re involved in something like this and when you actually participate, you engage like you may not have done before,” he said.

“The speeches were shortened and the speakers told the children what ANZAC is about, what it represents and the message came across quite well.”

The service was opened by Claremont RSL president Jason O’Dowd and spectators were led in prayer by Salvation Army envoy Basil Giffard.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston led the address before joining fellow dignitaries and students to place wreaths on the memorial.

Mayor Johnston said it was an “honour” to be involved in such an event, as children often got lost in the large crowds on ANZAC Day.

“It was a very special moment to march to the memorial with guests and then be able to see the huge parade of students all in their uniforms representing each school in our city,” she said.

“It’s a great experience to see them taking part in the service and interacting with other schools and guests.

“It was their own chance to honour our fallen and those who have given up so much to allow us to create the lifestyle that we live today.”

Caption: Local students, politicians and members of Claremont RSL and Claremont College VET Australian Defence Force march up the hill to the Claremont War Memorial as part of the ANZAC Flag Parade.