Remembrance Day War Memorial Dedication
The De La Salle College War Memorial was today dedicated by Fr Hien Vu from St Michael’s in Ashburton. The dedication ceremony marked the official opening of the refurbished War Memorial as well as the 96 year anniversary of the World War 1 armistice.
The College Shrine of Remembrance was originally unveiled and blessed by Archbishop Mannix in 1948, and is a testimony to the impact of war on the College. Since 1914 over 50 former College students have lost their lives at war. This morning we remembered these men, and every other man and woman who served our country in battle.
Guest speaker Kelly O’Dwyer, Federal member for Higgins, spoke eloquently about the importance of honouring those who gave their lives in battle for our country.
Distinguished guests included State Member for Malvern and Treasurer of Victoria Michael O’Brien MP; Brigadier Geoff and Mrs Leonie Christopherson from the East Malvern RSL Sub-Branch; Mayor of Stonnington Cr Adrian Stubbs; Deputy Chair of the Board Mr Damien Nolan; De La Salle Brothers Julian Watson, Gabe O’Shea, Peter Gilfedder, Peter Smyth and Bede French; and members of the De La Salle College community.
The Last Post and The Rouse were played by Year 10 student Cooper Morrison. The Brass Ensemble performed Abide With Me and Advance Australia Fair, accompanied by the College Choir.
Guests were invited to pay a personal tribute to those lost in battle by placing a poppy on the memorial.
The College also conducted Remembrance Day ceremonies at Kinnoull and Tiverton campuses for the whole student body in keeping with tradition at 11.00am.
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.