Why is this day special?

At 11.00 am on 11th November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. This first modern world conflict mobilised over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead, perhaps as many as one-third of them with no known grave.

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war. The allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of their war dead.

Memorial Plaque Dedication Ceremony

A Year 8 student has completed a project that has resulted in the school having a memorial to commemorate the loss of life in war. Nathan Aylett participated in the Youth Frontiers program which encourages and supports student leadership. Nathan was mentored by Stephen Targett.

The memorial plaque was unveiled by Robert Winston and Robert Turford from the Dapto RSL Sub-branch along with Gareth Ward, Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and Nathan Aylett, the student who organised the event.

Here is an excerpt from Nathan’s speech:

As a fourteen year old, it is hard to ease the pain and loss and suffering caused by the past and present conflict, or even an understanding of what it feels like. Something I can do, is show a token of my appreciation and respect, which I have done with this plaque. I have gained the opportunity to do this through a program called Youth Frontiers, a mentoring program in which young students make a positive involvement with their community, whether it be their school, town or even state. I hope to remind future students of the major sacrifice fellow Australians have made…

Remembrance Day at Dapto High

Our whole school commemorated Remembrance Day today. Mr FitzSimons and our school leaders remembered the loss of life in war by laying a wreath at our new memorial. Thanks to Mr Adam Moore and the team of students who organised the service.

The school is planning to collate the names of ex-students and staff who have served and fallen to remember their sacrifice in future years on the 11th/11th. If you have information that may assist please contact Andrew.FitzSimons@det.nsw.edu.au