Lest We Forget

April 30, 2015

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On Friday 24 April the entire St Joseph’s Nudgee College community took part in a moving ANZAC Day Ceremony under blue skies on Ross Oval.

Sprigs of rosemary were pinned to the attire of attendees as a symbol of remembrance, and 100 white crosses were placed in the ground to commemorate 100 years since the first landings at Gallipoli.

Many Nudgee College Old Boys, including current and former servicemen, walked across Ross Oval to the music of bagpipes to mark the commencement of the ceremony.

Nudgee College Captain Ben Rada Martin delivered a solemn speech, detailing the stories of a few Nudgee College Old Boys who lost their lives in service of their country.

The special guest speaker for the ceremony was Lieutenant BJ Glover (NCOB 2004), whom during his time at Nudgee College was selected to represent the state in Rowing.

Lieutenant Glover spoke of the particular significance of this ANZAC Day, as in addition to it being the Gallipoli Centenary, it also marks the 10 year anniversary since he joined the Royal Australian Navy.

Of the many roles in which Lieutenant Glover has taken on, he particularly noted his service as the second in command of Her Majesties Australian Ship Brunei for four years.

Lieutenant Glover was recognised for this role earlier this year when he was awarded the Australian Honour, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

He will be deployed to the Middle East on 28 April for the remainder of the year, during which he will be involved in land based operations.

Members of various groups within the Nudgee College community laid wreaths of remembrance, including the Christian Brothers, College Board, Nudgee College Old Boys Association, Edmund Rice Education Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Servicemen and Servicewomen, Ladies Auxiliary, Cultural Events Committee, Past Mothers Association, Nudgee College Teachers, and the Principal, staff and students.

In his speech Principal Mr Peter Fullagar commended the work of historian and former Nudgee College staff member Dr Martin Kerby, whom penned the publication Nudgee ANZACS - A history of SJNC at War 1914 to 1918.

Dr Kerby has also been the driver of the creation of a series of World War I dioramas that are now on display in the College museum.

The ceremony concluded with a Guard of Honour formed by the Year 12s, which the special guests walked through while ‘Waltzing Matilda’ played on the bagpipes.

Lest we forget.

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