KIARA College students and guests embraced the “spirit of Anzac” at its annual assembly this morning.
The school board, Royal Australian Navy representatives, Rotary Club of Crawley members, City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright, Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly and Cowan MHR Anne Aly attended to pay their respects to war veterans.
Following an acknowledgment of country, Dr Aly addressed the audience about the importance of Anzac Day.
“When I was your (students’) age… I thought it was a day where we remembered the people who sacrificed their lives for us,” Dr Aly said.
“After I finished high school, I travelled and I went to and lived in countries where the people there did not have the kinds of freedom, democracy and equality that we have here in Australia.
“I think that it was over those years that Anzac Day and the spirit of Anzac and the reason why we remember Anzac every year on April 25 really became really clear to me.
“They are things that you can take in your everyday life.”
Head girl Marina McCarthy said the assembly was an opportunity to reflect upon the sacrifices made by thousands of young Australians who served the country in “conflict and crisis”.