During November, we wear poppies to remember all those people who made sacrifices to safeguard our freedom.
Remembrance Day is observed on 11th November every year. Moira Michael (an American) started the tradition of wearing and selling poppies as a sign of remembrance. In Australia, red poppies are sold by volunteers to raise money to provide care and support for service and ex-service people and their families.
On Friday, this Remembrance Day we will participate in attempting to make a world reading record with thousands of other Australian school children while we read the Pledge of Remembrance written by Rupert McCall. This poem retells the story of the courage and bravery of our servicemen and women.
The Australian soldier grows not old, the flame still lights his eyes
Although his body lays to rest, his flag forever flies
On the green and gold horizon where the wattles sweep and sway
It flies amongst the gardens and the classrooms of today
Over ocean streams and backyard dreams, above the sunburnt plain
Through harvest yields, on sporting fields, in rainbows after rain
It defines a life worth living and a day that must be won
For every father’s daughter and for every mother’s son
But more than that, the honour claimed in fighting for the free
The pride of the Australian soldier burns in you and me
When the night is dark and dangerous with the rumble of the storm
His courage calls the sunrise and his spirit makes it warm
We will not forget their sacrifice – the strength of their endeavour
For the choices we are gifted with, that flame will burn forever
With a smile that lights the future shining brightly in our scope
We will stand as one, together – we will carry on with hope
But as we go, we take the words that rightfully belong
“I am young and I am worthy, I am brave and I am strong
In the face of any challenge, I will strive to rise above
I deserve this opportunity to live, to learn, to love
I can truly make a difference; my path is up to me
And this is my commitment – be the best that I can be.”
What can you tell us about Remembrance Day?
How is Remembrance Day commemorated in your school/town?