More than 1,500 people from the Cockburn area marched for the 17th Anzac Youth Parade & Service today, to commemorate veterans past and present.
Celebrating the 104th anniversary of Gallipoli, school students marched from the Cockburn council chambers to Beale Park where they spoke of the heroism and courage shown by our Anzacs.
Samson Primary School student Max Davis expressed the appreciation of the Cockburn community for Australian and New Zealand service personnel in the Gallipoli campaign of WWI.
“We, the community of the city of Cockburn, affirm our admiration of the magnificent heroism, self-sacrifice and endurance of the sailors, soldiers, airmen and nursing sisters of Australia and New Zealand.
“On the first Anzac Day and through the Great War of 1914 to 1918 our Anzacs conferred a glory on Australia and New Zealand that will never fade,” he said.
The students also expressed solidarity with the victims of the tragic Christchurch mosque shootings by singing the New Zealand and Australian national anthems.
Seton Catholic College student Richard Thomas detailed the importance that ANZAC day holds for young Australians of today.
“This day holds so much significance for Australians,” he said.
“Heroes, who through gunfire and mud, through terror and death, gave nothing but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
“It’s my job, the job of my fellow brothers and sisters, the job of us all, to uphold this legend. To strengthen, and preserve the identity brought home from those beaches.”
Cockburn mayor Logan Howlett spoke of the importance that RSL Anzac Youth Parade & Service has for the Cockburn community.
“The City of Cockburn RSL Anzac Youth Parade & Service provides the opportunity for students, teachers and principals from across the district to join veterans, council members and staff from the city of Cockburn and the community to reflect on the Anzac spirit that is alive and well,” he said.