City stops to remember the soldiers

Bossley Park Public School pupils planted 430 crosses in their school garden as part of their Remembrance Day service on Friday.

Every pupil from kindergarten to Year 6 made a cross to signify a soldier who has fought in a war. 

Principal Tracey Betts spoke about the fact that the crosses they planted in the garden were only a small number compared to all who had died in various battles. 

Each class also made a wreath to lay in the garden during the service.

The service itself was very serene.

“As a school we are grateful for all who have served and are serving to make the world a better place. We thank them all for their service, for keeping us safe and for all the sacrifices that they make,” assistant principal, Judith Birkett said.

“The service itself was very serene and all the students were incredibly respectful.  

“We always try and have the service outside as we can then use our flagpole area garden which then becomes a focal point.”

Smithfield RSL marked this year’s Remembrance Day with a special march to McCarthy Memorial Park on Saturday.

This year marks marks the 99th year since the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).

“Remembrance Day offers a time to pause for a moment and acknowledge just how brave our soldiers, both past and present, are and their commitment to protecting and fighting for our freedom,” Smithfield RSL Operations Manager, Michael Bramman said.