Keeping the ANZAC spirit alive

Local school students' tribute to the ANZACs.

 This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 49 - August 2015.

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Students from Christ the King School in Warradale are keeping the ANZAC spirit alive after visiting an exhibition of wartime memorabilia at Gallery M.

The students were moved to write letters, many of which were decorated with poppies, describing what they learnt about local servicemen and women.

Forty-six children aged 8 to 10 from the school attended the Almond Groves to Poppy Fields: Marion’s Unsung War Heroes exhibition as part of ANZAC centenary commemorations.

The exhibition featured historic artefacts, including handwritten postcards, medals, photographs, a water cart, binoculars and other equipment used in World War One and Two.

Following the exhibition, students wrote to organisers at Marion Heritage Research Centre describing their experience and decorating their letters with drawings of poppies, medals and a soldier’s helmet.

Letters included the phrases: “I learnt more about the trenches,” and “the ANZACs thought the war would be an epic adventure,” as well as “I really liked placing my poppy”.

Teacher Natasha Tierney said the exhibition brought the stories of local servicemen and women to life.

“Students really enjoyed seeing items that dated back up to 100 years and it helped them understand more about the men and women who are part of Marion’s history,” Ms Tierney said.

Almond Groves to Poppy Fields: Marion’s Unsung War Heroes was held at Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Road, in April and May this year and was supported by a grant from the ANZAC Day Commemoration Council, Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

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