Our 2013 ANZAC Service was held on 10th May and, as always was well attended with representatives from the RSL, City of Wanneroo and Federal and State Parliament, Board Members and other VIPS. Residents from both Brightwater Madeley and Bethanie Warwick Retirement Villages also attended the event. It was a moving opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by members of our armed services over the years.
Brigadier Jim Wallace of the Australian Christian Lobby was our guest speaker for 2013. He encouraged our community to consider two things to take away from ANZAC. We ought to go away better people from it and as Christians we need to go away as better Christians. The two principles are:
1. Commitment. Soldiers are required to be committed at many different levels. Firstly when they answer the call to join up and do something about what is wrong and secondly when they actually got on a boat (today it is an aeroplane). Christians do the same thing when they travel overseas as missionaries. Thirdly, once travelling overseas the ANZACS then had to train hard to be good soldiers, often in harsh conditions. Finally there is a place in the battlefield called the start line where things get dangerous and commitment is tested at the highest level.
2. Courage. Being courageous is a decision. Many people think you are born courageous and committed but you make a decision to be that way. He used the example of William Wilberforce who was in a battle to end slavery that took forty years.
He encouraged students who have family members who fought in various wars to remember them and the two principles of courage and commitment.
The Secondary choir and Barbershop gave beautiful renditions of ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Abide with Me’ and Bible readings were done by the College Captains, Peter Siani and Leandri Visagie as well as ANZAC poems being read by Lauren Thomas and Nike Palm. Once again we were privileged to have the Last Post and Reveille played by Lance Corporal David Scott, who was a professional bugler for many years in the Australian Defence Force and is a grandfather at the College.
The culmination of the event was a delicious morning tea served in the staff room by our Home Economics students who had also produced the snacks themselves. Staff, nominated students and VIP guests all had the opportunity to mingle and chat whilst enjoying a great morning tea.