Anzac spirit lives through children

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was confident  that the Anzac spirit was alive with school children across the region playing an increasing important role in marking the event.

“It is wonderful that many schools will have student representation at remembrance services on Monday.

“However, for many young people their contribution has involved much more than that.

“Students have reflected on the effects of a war and honoured our veterans’ contribution to the peace, freedom, and the security our country enjoys today through several activities.

“Some schools have focussed on Anzac-related artwork, others have used it as a topic for writing, there have been Anzac biscuits made and floral wreaths created.

“The Serve for New Zealand campaign, coordinated by Canterbury University and the Student Volunteer Army, has also had support from schools around the South Island volunteering to donate an hour of their time to do something for someone else on Anzac Day.

“This enthusiasm for the Anzac spirit from our young people is very heartening and I know it means a great deal to our returned servicemen and the families.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have served our country to protect the ideals we hold dear, the involvement of young New Zealanders in marking Anzac is a wonderful way of acknowledging that.”

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru