Thu 23rd May
Townsville Grammar School will again stop to remember at the annual ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony , a tradition that has continued since WWI.
The service, to be held at the North Ward Campus, is dedicated to past Grammarians who served and made the ultimate sacrifice. A roll call of more than 60 names will be presented by School Captains, Sally Jones and Tin Pham.
The School community will welcome CAPT Andrew Wilson and LCPL Renee Clarke who will deliver an ANZAC address and lay a wreath. The ceremony will be accompanied by the School Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra.
Principal, Mr Timothy Kelly, said this is a very special event, one that is of particular significance to the Townsville Grammar School community.
“Townsville Grammar School has a deep connection with the defence community, with generations of past students and staff who have served,” said Mr Kelly. “Our School foyer features Townsville’s oldest commissioned Honour Board (1917) that list the names of alumni and staff who served in WWI. Former Head Master, PF Rowland’s poem is inscribed on the Cenotaph in Townsville’s ANZAC Memorial Gardens. These are examples of the School’s significant connection with our defence history.”
“This Commemoration Ceremony is an important opportunity for us to come together as a School community to reflect and be reminded of what it means to be Australian. We are deeply committed to keeping the ANZAC story alive and to maintaining our connection with, and support of, our defence community.”
“The moments pass ; but neèr shall die
The Memory of our honoured Dead,
Who, marching whither Duty led,
With Death met Immortality."
The Names of Those who paid the Price
For us, and for the Land we love,
Be Beacon-fires to all who move
On lowlier ways of sacrifice.”