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Melton Remembrance Day Service

On Wednesday, the 11th of November 2015 we were fortunate enough to represent Catholic Regional College Melton at the Melton Remembrance Day Service. Along with the other primary and secondary schools from the Melton area, we got to experience a special moment that will stay with us forever. The ceremony began with a beautiful speech about how many young men from the Melton area risked their own lives for their country so that we could have the world and the rights we have today. As the Veterans said on the day 'we were not only physically scared we were also mentally scared...' this made us realise that today was about them, the sacrifices they gave up not only for themselves or their families, but for the world and the country they belonged to. As two of the students went to lay the wreath, we noticed a sad and emotional vibe went through everyone. As we witnessed wives and family members of the men who had never returned home, we all got emotional for them.  We all had a reality check on ourselves.  Realising that we took our everyday family communications for granted, that the fights you had with you sister or brother about who got the TV remote never would've mattered if your brother or sister had gone to war and not returned home. That you never realise what you have until you lose it, that these wives and family members never got to say a proper goodbye to who they lost. Meaning although you get angry at family or friends, you should treat every conversation you have with them like your last, because you never know when they won't return home again…
"They shall not grow 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 shall remember them. Lest we Forget"
Written by Shaniah Bala 7B, Charlotte Robinson 7B, Elena Taunu’u 7B & Michelle Tennakoon 7B

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