Melbourne schools are coming together to pay their respects to the fallen ANZACs in the upcoming 91st ANZAC Student Commemoration Ceremony, organized by Melbourne Legacy. The ceremony allows Victorian school students to honour veterans and their families in the lead-up to ANZAC Day. This year is exceptional as Melbourne Legacy is celebrating its centenary of dedicated service to the families of Australian Defence force veterans.
Melbourne Legacy has been keeping its promise to support the families of those who serve our country for the past 100 years. However, the needs of veterans' families have evolved, and Melbourne Legacy recognizes that its commitment to providing support is as crucial as ever.
Supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council, the commemoration ceremony will take place at the Shrine of Remembrance on April 5th. The ceremony will include the Guard of Honour, marches and a Royal Salute, involving students from Scotch College, Mac Robertson Girls’ High School, Melbourne High School, Sirius College, Cornish College, Christ Church Grammar, and Seymour College.
Kerry Jenke, Melbourne Legacy's President, looks forward to the event and expects it will spark discussion among attending youth about the ANZACS' bravery and sacrifices. The Victorian Government has invested $30,000 through its Victoria Remembers grant program to support the service, demonstrating its commitment to ensuring awareness of the incredible service and sacrifice of Service people and their families.
The commemoration ceremony provides an opportunity for reflection and remembrance. It is a chance to spark class discussion on important topics, such as ways Australians can reflect upon and remember those who have served our nation and how children of Defence personnel are impacted by their parents’ Service.
The 91st Student Commemoration Ceremony is a testament to Melbourne Legacy's ongoing commitment to supporting the families of veterans. It is a significant event for the Melbourne school and veteran communities, and attending students will leave with a deeper appreciation for the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families.
The ceremony commences at 11am on 5th April 2023 at the Shrine of Remembrance.