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ANZAC Day

Wangaratta High School holds an annual whole-school assembly to commemorate ANZAC Day.  The assembly includes a special tribute to one of the past students who lost their lives fighting for our country in the first or second world war.  The family of the fallen hero are guests each year at this very important event.

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‘Wangaratta’s Own’ 2/24th Infantry Battalion was formed in Wangaratta in July 1940, and after training in Bonegilla, the troops sailed for the Middle East in November 1941.  After serving in Tobruk, the soldiers returned to Australia in 1944 but reformed quickly to serve the last months of the war in Borneo.  The battalion’s flag, the original of which was with troops at Tobruk, is used during the School’s ANZAC day ceremony.

Led by a contingent of the school’s Army cadets, the School’s Prefects process the national flags of Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain through the assembly.

Each year, the prefects commemorate the service of a past student or teacher of Wangaratta High School from World War I or II.  Former WHS student – some enlisting only a few months after leaving school – were part of the 2/24th Battalion.  Details of the soldiers’ lives and service are read aloud, as is a section of Laurence Binyon’s moving poem ‘For The Fallen’, which contains the line ‘Lest We Forget’.

The Prefects and other student leaders also march in the Wangaratta ANZAC Day Ceremony and in 2007, for the first time, a group of our students also joined representatives of the 2/24th Battalion in Melbourne for the March along St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance proudly carrying the 2/24th Battalion banner.  Some of our Prefects have been honoured with Associate Membership to the 2/24th Battalion

Additional information sourced from the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

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