Anzac beach service stirs students

A POD of dolphins greeted a wreath of white flowers placed in the ocean at dawn this morning.

As the sky turned pink, a group of Sacred Heart College staff and students, Moore MHR Ian Goodenough, army chaplain Richard Whereat and guests looked out to sea and thought of our local men coming ashore at Gallipoli 100 years ago.

Runners who kept their morning routines along the water�s edge and swimmers who dotted the calm surf were reminders of the freedom and peace of Australian life and the sacrifices of our Anzacs.

In his first-ever beach service, Chaplain Whereat said it was reflective of the original dawn services held on the shores of Albany.

He said although Anzac Day was for acknowledging and respecting our fallen in Gallipoli, we could not forget the toll of wars more recent, especially in the past 10 years in conflicts with the Middle East.

�The cost of freedom came with a loss of life,� he said.

�We should enjoy the great life in Australia to honour those who died and were injured and never forget them.�

He said he knew many families who still struggled with the grief of war.

Sacred Heart College students delivered readings and prayers before Year 11 Keelan Thompson sounded Last Post.

Grace (Year 7) and Anne (Year 8) Murphy and Mr Goodenough laid a wreath into the ocean.

The sisters wore their grandfather�s medals and their father Ray Murphy, a current serving defence force member, spoke at a whole school ceremony at 9am.

Click here to see more images from the service as part of Perth�s Biggest Anzac Day Gallery.