“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
At this year’s Anzac Day services, Phoenix students and staff attended the Arch of Victory, Ex-POW memorial, and Sebastopol and Ballarat Central marches. Our students represented our school proudly and with respect for the significance of the occasion, whether as part of the cadets or as a member of our student leadership team. With these Anzac Day services being the first in two years without restriction as a result of the pandemic, it was an important day to connect with our communities in remembrance of all those who have died and served in war and peacekeeping action.
The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in The Winnowing Fan: Poems of the Great War in 1914. This verse, which became the Ode for the Returned and Services League, has been used in association with commemoration services in Australia since 1921.