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On Remembrance Day last week, our Burke Hall campus unveiled a wall of ceramic poppies to commemorate the fallen soldiers of WWI.
The 180 handmade poppies were crafted by the Year 4 students of 2015, to honour the Old Xaverians and Patricians who died in the service of their country. They have been permanently installed into the wall alongside the silhouette of a digger.
Every individual poppy has their makers’ personal touch embedded into its clay along with the many staff who helped design and beautify the structure.
Fr Chris Middleton blessed the newly completed wall in a ceremony attended by the Federal Member for Kooyong and Minister for the Environment and Energy Honourable Josh Frydenberg, Mr Frank Peck OAM and Lieutenant Colonel Mick Sasse.
The commemorative service was inclusive of the blessing of the wall, the Last Post and the Rouse followed by a minute’s silence at 11:00am.
Synonymously, students were encouraged to take a moment from their studies to pay their respects from their classrooms.
Poppies were also distributed to students to be placed on the wall during recess. They were also encouraged to say a prayer for the young man, his family and peace in the world.
Fr Chris Middleton spoke about the wall and in our E-Newsletter this week, stressing the importance of carrying out these rituals in commemoration of those we’ve lost.
“A new sacred space has been created to remember our dead and the cost of war,” he said.
“Both the Memorial Wall and the Remembrance Mass are rituals that enact our remembering of those who have died.”
“Religion and its rituals at its best speaks to our deep sense of the other and to our ongoing search for meaning.”
“Especially in the face of death, it speaks to our capacity to hold values, morals and care for the common good”.
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.