Pat Costigan and John Skinner lay a wreath.
Pat Costigan and John Skinner lay a wreath. Molly Glassey

War veterans look for new ways to teach old history

A SMALL army of RSL members and war veterans visited schools across the Southern Downs to help with Anzac Day services this week.

Warwick RSL secretary and school liaison Pat Costigan said it was important for veterans and students to interact.

"We do it every year,” he said

"Each school does its own ceremony and we are invited along.

"We ask them for a time and a place and we are only too happy to send someone.”

Every service is different and some members are called on to give a presentation about Australian military history.

Rather than talk at length about conceptual ideas of the Anzac spirit, Mr Costigan said he liked to keep his presentation short and sweet.

"What students, especially the little kiddies, need is a focus,” he said

"This year I'll talk about our uniform, our swords and Sam Browne belts.

"One time I talked about the origins of the slouch hat.”

Mr Costigan spent 50 years as a teacher and said props were a must.

"You need something to get and hold their attention,” he said.



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