As the students and staff travelling in the 2018 tour party are making last minute preparations to depart, there are of course many precious pieces of luggage [none more important than the travellers themselves!], but there is also a unique item that will be travelling with the group.
In 2015, the college had been given the honour of laying a wreath at the Menin Gate. Our wreath is a hand-made collaboration from many supporters in 2015 from across our wider community. It has been cared for since that time and will be travelling with the students again to be laid at the Menin Gate during the 100th Anniversary year of the end of World War 1.
The fact that this piece spans many generations and many family histories across the districts of Broadford, Kilmore, Pyalong, Seymour and others is an important aspect of the tour.
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.
Staff and students have carefully hand-crafted the wreath of Poppies, each hand-made poppy representing a symbol of remembrance for soldiers who have died at war. Broadford Secondary College originally participated in The 5000 Poppies Project which began in 2013. Artists Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crotchet 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in time for Remembrance Day in 2013.
This expanded in to what is now a nation-wide initiative. The 5000 Poppies Project and culminated with nation-wide displays earlier this month.