THE OLD AND THE NEW: Past students united with current students for the Warwick Christian College Anzac service.
THE OLD AND THE NEW: Past students united with current students for the Warwick Christian College Anzac service. Michael Cormack

Students honour our brave Diggers at service

THERE were plenty of familiar faces at Warwick Christian College yesterday as the college held its Anzac service.

Past students from Slade School, the former school on the Campus, returned to pay their respects alongside current students.

Grade nine student Faith DeCourcy said Anzac Day was a time to recognise the legacy of those who served.

"I think it's a time where we can stop and recognise what they did for us," Faith said.

"We grew up being free; they had to fight for it.

"If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have grown up being free."

Faith said growing up alongside her older brother put things into perspective.

"We're pretty lucky," she said.

"My older brother would've fought if there was a war.

"Instead, I've been able to grow up alongside him and share many great times together."

Fellow year nine student Cody Skinner has a rich Anzac history in his family.

"The day means a lot to me," Cody said.

"My grandfather's the president of the Warwick RSL Memorial Club (John Skinner).

"I've been going to Dawn services since I was young."

Former president of the SSPCA Past Students' Association Steve Rowan said it was great to see kids paying tribute to the Anzacs.

"I think it's wonderful, marvellous to see them paying their respects," Mr Rowan said.

"Anzac Day really unites Australia.

"It is the one day that the whole of Australia is united."

Mr Rowan said Anzac day meant a lot to him.

"My father was killed in the Second World War and I had a great uncle who was also killed in battle," he said.

Mr Rowan said it was important to him to come back to his former school.

"It means a lot," he said.

"It was a very strong part of us.

"It was our life."

Warwick Christian College principal Terrence McCorkell said it was important for current and past students to interact.

"I think it's nice things are reconnected," Mr McCorkell said.

"I think it's good for the current students to connect with the past ones.

"There are always plenty of stories to tell.

"Some of the students here served in the armed forces and a number of their friends died during wars."

See a full list of Anzac services in the Southern Downs region to the right.



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