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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 22nd 2009
A-2 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 23, 2009 MW ANZAC DAY 2009 Solemn liturgy for our fallen SANTA Sabina College students have laid a wreath at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park at a special commemoration service. Members of the college choir and orchestra provided the music for the solemn occasion, attended by Premier Nathan Rees and Education and Training Minister Verity Firth. College principal Ms Kate Clancy said it was important for young people today to recognise the service and commitment of those who died in times of war. ''I am proud of the girls' contribution to this service today through such beautiful music, and of their appreciation of the legacy of freedom that generations of servicemen and -women have made possible for us today.'' RSL clubs to host services CONCORD RSL Club will host a march, service and breakfast on Saturday, April 25. The march will begin at 5am in Norman St before proceeding to the club. Drummoyne's 5.45am dawn stand-to will take place at the Cenotaph, Civic Centre, on Anzac Day. The service will be followed by a march along Marlborough St and Victoria Rd before a traditional hot breakfast at Drummoyne RSL. For further information phone Canada Bay Council on 9911 6555. Veteran's boots-and-all tales Bruce Dunlop today, and in Borneo in World War 11. WAR boots? Check. Webbing belt? Check. Entrenching tool? Check. This is the equipment checklist Bruce Dunlop, a surviving soldier of World War II, completes before making his way to local primary schools to share his knowledge and experiences of wartime. To tie in with the upcoming commemorations on Anzac Day, Mr Dunlop, with three other servicemen and members of the Concord RSL sub-branch, is visiting three local primary schools to educate and give students a first-hand insight into the battle of Balikpapan, in Borneo in 1945. ''I explain a bit about what the war was like, because if you don't tell them about it they don't know what it means and they have to be mindful that there's no guarantee it won't happen again,'' Mr Dunlop said. The main message he wants to convey to younger generations is that war is not as thrilling and epic as it appears to be. ''What you see on television is the heroics of war -- you don't see many of the good guys getting shot, and that's not the way it is,'' Mr Dunlop said. But getting that message across proves difficult, as the children remain in absolute awe at Mr Dunlop's wartime equipment that he lays out for them to inspect. Entrenching tools, a mosquito net, a haversack for eating gear, dixie saucepans, tin cups and a torch are among the historic collection, but Mr Dunlop said the children's all-time favourite are his boots. ''When I pull out my leather boots, that really rocks them. They are roughly eight centimetres thick, with sharp bronze studs and a steel horseshoe, which were so as not to wear the leather out in five minutes,'' he said. ''I also have an entrenching tool, which you carried all the time because if the opposition got a bit stroppy and started to throw things at you, the best thing to do was to dig a hole and jump in it.'' The 84-year-old war veteran from Concord maintains that the youth of today are fortunate they are not constrained by the duty of conscription and have a choice when it comes to war. ''I was sworn into the army whenIwas17--bythetimeI'dgot through everything that had to be done to make me fit to fight for my country I was 20,'' he said. ''But I still wasn't old enough to vote--IhadnosayofwhetherI wanted to go or not.'' But despite the chilling war stories he regales them with, he said the students are fearless and seem amused rather than frightened. ''They just love the gruesome stories. It's outside their experience so they can't really understand the seriousness of what you're talking about,'' he said. ''A common question is always: 'Did you kill anyone?' and I tell them: 'No, not personally.' They're always a bit disappointed at that.'' -- by work experience student Shannon Andreucci Present this voucher to receive 20% Bonus Credit when purchasing Wash Key Present this voucher to receive $2 credit in Self-Serve Wash Bay Present this voucher to receive $5 off Ultra Shine Wash in Automatic Wash Bay OUR FACILITIES INCLUDE: water & our environment 412-416 LIVERPOOL ROAD, ASHFIELD Purchase our Rechargeable Wash Key to start receiving discounts and convenience from the latest technology AUTOMATIC WASHES FROM $6 ANZAC DAY Weekend Specials OPEN: Mon-Sat: 7am-10pm Sun: 8am-7pm ASHFIELD save
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