Despite the inability to gather in traditional ways to commemorate Anzac Day 2020, the Churchie community found myriad ways to acknowledge our important national day.
Many gathered in their driveways to stand with neighbours in a united, quiet determination to observe this special day and pay tribute to the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, our nation.
Churchie boys and Old Boys, in cadet, blue or white uniform, stood in driveways and streets throughout Brisbane suburbs and beyond to follow the streamed 6 am service. Some played bugles to offer the traditional tributes of The Last Post and Reveille to their community, while others offered their good deeds to assist aged neighbours. All who turned out offered their respect.
At 8 am, Chairman of School Council Mr Daniel O’Connor OAM and Headmaster Dr Alan Campbell laid wreaths at the Old Boys’ memorial on The Flat on a picture-perfect day that, at any other time, would have been attended by thousands of people from our school and the wider community. The names of our 119 Fallen Old Boys are a constant reminder of the legacy of service on which Churchie is built and provide a challenge to our current boys to lead a life of service.
Even amidst a global pandemic, the tradition of acknowledging, thanking and commemorating those who have served, and continue to serve, remains as irrepressible in the Churchie community as it does throughout our nation.
Lest we forget.