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The Southern Cross : December 2011
Page 4 December 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news Browning Street, Clearview www.aca.sa.gov.au 8139 7402 Enfield Mausoleum is Adelaide's premier mausoleum --- a perfect burial place of dignity and respect set in a tranquil garden setting at Enfield Memorial Park. New Courtyard Gardens offer single and companion crypts each with a 99 year lease. Catholic school students from the South East played a poignant role in the official Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra last month. Fourteen Year 7 students from Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier and St Anthony's Catholic Primary School in Millicent joined a congregation of 102 hand-selected school students from across Australia to lay poppies to represent the 102,000 Australian's who have died serving their nation. The official ceremony at the Australian War Memorial was attended by some of the country's most influential dignitaries including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Afghanistan Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Mark Donaldson, Chief of Defence Force General David Hurley, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs and former chief of defence Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston. The importance of playing a part in the Remembrance Day ceremony was not lost on the young students, who were proud to be involved in the moving tribute. "It was stunning. Laying a poppy in the name of Australia in front of our country's most important people truly was a fantastic moment," said 13 year old Tenison Woods College student, Nathan Cesario. The students were accompanied by Tenison Woods College teacher Donna Johnson who said she couldn't have been prouder of the students as they represented South Australian youth at the national ceremony. "This was an experience of a lifetime, and a memory that these students will hold onto forever," she said. "This day is designed to honour all Australians who fought, died and have suffered in all armed conflicts. It was an enormous honour and the students certainly gained a deeper understanding of the significance of Remembrance Day. " Not only were the students a part of the ceremony, but they also had the opportunity to personally meet Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Mark Donaldson, who was honoured for his acts of gallantry as part of the Special Operations Task Group during Operation SLIPPER, Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan. Corporal Donaldson said it was a moving ceremony, particularly in light of recent deaths in Afghanistan and urged the students to continue the legacy to remember those who went before us. It's great to see all the young people actually getting involved and have a social conscience about what happened before them," he said. "If we forget, and they don't understand how important it is -- it's a part of Australia's history, it's a part of our culture and it's also a part of what makes us who we are; it's our identity as a nation." "I believe it's very important for the children to understand that. It keeps the flame alive." Corporal Donaldson urged the students to make contact with the diggers and encouraged them to write a letter or send a picture to those diggers currently in action. The students were in Canberra with other students from St Anthony's Catholic Primary School and Tenison Woods College as part of their combined Year 7 Canberra Camp. 11-11-11: Students from St Anthony's Catholic Primary School (Millicent) and Tenison Woods College (Mount Gambier) were among 102 school students representing the youth of Australia taking part in the official Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Canberra. Pictured L-R are: Tom Snell, Sam McManus, Adrien Tucker, Adam Gregory, Ebony Backler, Abbie Smith, Olivia McEvoy, Tori Kitschke and Lachie Lang. Image courtesy of Kerry Alchin and the Australian War Memorial. A sombre moment Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes You are invited to a celebration of the Holy Eucharist and Blessing of the Sick on Saturday February 11, 2012 at 11am in St Francis Xavier s Cathedral, Adelaide For more information especially in regards to the needs of those who are ill and need special arrangements, please phone: John Luttrell Diocesan Events Coordinator on 8210 8220 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org