Tuesday, 27 April 2010

ANZAC day speech

Room 6 Blog - Burnham School Home

It is our honour on this important occasion to stand before you to represent the Burnham School community. We also would like to acknowledge the passing of Koro Henry, who passed away a year today. This day is all the more important to us as we remember those who gave us the freedom we enjoy today. 

Every year on the 25Th of April, Australians and New Zealand join together to remember the men and women who served our countries in the wars. This day is named ANZAC Day. Stupidity and mistakes in wars have resulted in many brave peoples' deaths. 

In New Zealand many people enlisted in the military to serve our country. In the Second World War soldiers were sent to Egypt to learn how to fight and shoot. It seems like fun and it should be a peace of cake to put into practice, but boy is that wrong. 

We live so much under the shadow of sudden death, that one sees things very differently to ordinary times. Life is normally complicated, here it is savagely simple. Eat while you can, help all you can, sleep when and where you can, and above all, grin and keep a stiff upper lip. Even a mechanical smile is better than an anxious look. Worrying is not good for the men.

The generals had told them they were going to fight on flat ground and all they had to do was shoot.
When they turned up on the ships at ANZAC Cove, they found steep cliffs and they were shot one by one as they attempted to run for cover.

Months went by, many battles were fought, and lives were lost because of the men being sent to the wrong location. Finally a clever plan was made and an escape happened in the darkness.

Our soldiers went on to defend our allies in many more battles, we remember those who have died during these wars, those who survived and have gone on to share stories of bravery, and those men and women who still serve our country today.


They shall not grow old,

As we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them,
nor the age condemn them,
At the going down of the sun,
and in the morning,
We will remember them. 

On behalf of the Burnham School community, we would like to thank you for our freedom and for keeping us safe.


Rob Clarke said...

Well done Cadence and Kris for your speech. Great delivery!

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