Lest We Forget

On Sunday we commemorate ANZAC Day and remember those who have fallen in war and those who have served our nation. ANZAC Day is a day that is important in the psyche of Australians, it is at the heart of what we aspire to and believe in. The ANZAC spirit is something that many Australians can relate to. We are a grateful nation (the lucky country) a place where we can all thrive and enjoy our freedom, a democracy where we feel safe and are protected and where the national interests are for the people of Australia.

Members of the Defence Force have fought over the centuries to protect this freedom and democracy. We are proud and grateful for all those who have risked their lives and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. They have represented our country, our national flag and our people and this should never be forgotten.

On Sunday I will be attending the Dawn Service at Hallett Cove where I will wear my medals with pride and honour. I am forever grateful that I have been able to serve as a part-time Reserve Officer in the Australian Army, committing to the ideal and the mission of the Australian Defence Force. I stand with my colleagues in uniform and all other Australians proud that we are Australian and grateful for all those who gave their lives in service to the nation.

ANZAC Day is not just a holiday, it is significant and we respect this important day.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest We Forget

Dr Paul Rijken is principal of Cardijn College, an R-12 co-educational Catholic school in the Marist tradition, deeply inspired by the method of College patron Joseph Cardijn with a foundation built on the three pillars of his teachings; to See, Judge and Act. Educating and inspiring students in the beautiful Southern Vales region of Adelaide since 1984, Cardijn has grown to encompass three schools, each with distinct offerings. Cardijn College Galilee at Aldinga offers Reception to Year 7, expanding to include Year 8 in 2022 and Year 9 in 2023. Cardijn College at Noarlunga Downs offers Years 7-12 and is renowned for academic excellence and a vibrant extra-curricular program. Cardijn College Marcellin at Christie Downs provides a wide variety of vocational education and training opportunities for students in Years 10 – 12 and beyond, with relationships that extend well into their careers. With a current enrolment of 1750 students and 240 staff, Cardijn College is an institution which strives to be a beacon of faith in the community, with students who have enormous influence and impact on both a local and global level. Paul has been the principal at Cardijn College since 2005. He has a Ph.D. from Curtin University in Science and Mathematics Education. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders.

1 comment on “Lest We Forget

  1. Christine Morgan

    So important we all remember those who have served , those we have lost and those left behind. And if you can’t attend a dawn service, maybe get out on the driveway with your neighbour, light a candle and remember.
    Lest we forget.


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