Ahead of Remembrance Day on Saturday, 11 November, school students have drawn inspiration to honour veterans from around the region.
Harnessing the power of artistic expression, RSL Queensland's Draw to Remember initiative spans across the state, offering Queensland children the chance to learn about the importance of Remembrance Day from local veterans in their area while expressing their learnings or personal stories through art.
Building upon the success of last year’s pilot, the uptake of involvement has more than doubled with more than 8,000 students from 196 schools set to create vibrant displays of remembrance, paying thoughtful respect to those who have served and sacrificed through art.
Bundaberg RSL Sub Branch Secretary Dannielle Brearley said it was wonderful to see the students getting involved and hopes to see more schools participating in the future.
“It's a matter of getting the kids, commemoration and education all involved together,” she said.
“The students have drawn something that means something to them, some have commemorated family.
“We are hoping to continue this moving forward because if we don't keep the spirit alive with these generations it won't be there and we need to recognise our veterans.”
Bundaberg East State School Year 6 student Ruby Daubaras said she felt honoured to be part of the initiative.
“My chalk painting has a sunset in the background and a wreath of poppies and the solider is in the wreath of poppies,” she said.
“I would love to see this initiative continue and look forward to learning more about Remembrance Day.”
Remembrance Day inspires creativity
Members of Sub Branches and veterans from some 70 RSL Sub Branches across Queensland visited local schools to provide educational presentations on the significance of Remembrance Day.
RSL Queensland State President Major General Stephen Day DSC AM said he was proud to see the continuation of this meaningful initiative that supports students as they reflect and explore their personal connection to past and present serving members of the Australian Defence Force.
“As we look to the future, it is essential that we remind the community about the significance of commemorations such as Remembrance Day and ensure that the legacy of those who fought for our freedom continues,” Maj Gen Day said.
“By engaging the next generations with age-appropriate activities, we can strengthen young Australians appreciation for those who went before them, many paying the ultimate price for the freedoms we enjoy today.”
Remembrance Day Services
Childers Memorial Precinct, Childers
Cenotaph – Mulgrave Street, Gin Gin
Buss Park, Bundaberg
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