Broadford Secondary College students have been honoured with permission to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate Ceremony.
Every night, since 1928 at 8 o’clock, roads are closed around Menin Gate for the Last Post ceremony. The ceremony is dedicated to remember those Allied soldiers from the 3 battles of Ypres whose bodies are still missing. There are 35,000 names on the memorial, of which 6,000 are Australian.
The 30,000th ceremony at the Menin Gate occurred earlier this year [July 9th 2015].
At every ceremony a selected group is given permission to lay a wreath of remembrance. This year, during our tour, a group of 3 students have been given permission to participate and lay a wreath. This is a very special honour for both those students and the school as a whole.
The wreath itself comprises over 50 individually handmade poppies completed by Mrs Cathy Coppinger, students and community members.
After the ceremony a selected student will also lay a wreath on behalf of the Wandong Historical Society and say some words of remembrance provided by Mrs Karen Christiansen. There are 3 former Wandong/Heathcote Junction residents commemorated at Menin Gate.
A video of both will be posted on the website.