Remembrance Day, 11 November at 11am, Amiens State School stopped to remember. We remembered that on the 11th hour, of the
11th day, in the 11th month of 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent,
bringing to an end World War I. Although the news of the ceasefire was greeted with relief
and joy, there was also a sense of shared grief and loss. Hardly a family was
untouched – of the 330,000 men who had served overseas, 62,000 had been killed
and more than 150,000 had been wounded or taken prisoner.
As usual, our students have
been studying the War and its impact on Australia as well as on our name-sake
town, Amiens, on the Western Front. Instead
of our own school Remembrance this year, our students were involved, through
our partnership with the Amiens History Association, to be part of a combined commemoration. This event was hosted by the Amiens History
Association, who used the commemoration to mark the opening of Stage 1 of the
Amiens Legacy Village and its historical display in the restored period train
With an expectation of
around 250 people in the audience, the students had been practicing for many
weeks with Mrs Pauline Leigh for the re-enactment of the signing of the
Armistice, their tribute to remembrance.
It was a very pleasant surprise to see the number of attendees,
estimated at over 500 (around 800 by some reckoning).
Congratulations to our
students for their part in the proceedings.
As usual, by their behaviour and their involvement, they showed our
school in the best light. This view has
been shared by the many people who have spoken to me on the day and since about
how wonderful it was to see our students involved.