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Students remember those who gave all

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September 07, 2017

Kyabram P-12 College principal Stuart Bott.

KYABRAM P-12 College students gathered with community members last week for the annual Lone Pine Ceremony, held as part of Legacy Week.

With a rendition of the Last Post and Reveille by Peter Arnold, a beautiful performance by student Bodhi Hawken and words from guest speaker Glenn Ferrarotto, the ceremony was one to remember.

‘‘This year was our 20th Lone Pine Ceremony and it is important for our college to acknowledge how privileged we are to have a living monument in our school that is a descendant from Gallipoli,’’ Principal Stuart Bott said.

‘‘It is also important for our students to understand the sacrifices that have gone before us to make our country such a wonderful place to grow up in.’’

Second World War veteran David Bell, 92, recited In Flanders Fields for the 20th time since the tree was planted by late legatee Bob Drysdale in 1998.

‘‘To see David Bell reciting the poem off by heart was such a special moment — plus we also got to acknowledge his grandson Keagan Shaw who has learnt so much from his Pa and has now built a sculpture for the college. These were both very heart-warming moments.’’

‘‘We would like to acknowledge the relationship the college has had with Legacy for the past 20 years and thank the legatees who have been involved with the ceremony since 1998.’’

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