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ANZAC Memorial Garden Opening


Bray Park Anzac Memorial Garden Opening Ceremony
We acknowledge with gratitude the funding our school has received from the Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants program.  The funding has been used in the renovation and enlargement of our school’s Anzac Memorial Garden which is located at the end of the oval.  The grants were given to projects which specifically commemorate, and have links to, the first World War.
Our new garden is designed in the shaped of a stylized slouch hat, as it was during World War One that the slouch hat became a recognisable feature of the uniform of much of our armed forces.  The slouch hat has, over the years since WWI, come to represent the qualities of courage, resilience, honour and mateship which are characteristics of the Australian Defence Force.
Our Anzac Memorial Garden is also linked to World War One by its name.  It was during WWI that the ANZACs became national legends and they are remembered to this day for their brave actions on the Gallipoli Peninsula. 
Another link to World War One in our garden is the group of Aleppo Pine trees which surround it.  We have been fortunate to have received a donation of a new Aleppo Pine as well.  These trees were all propagated from seeds from the original “Lone Pine” at Gallipoli.
The Anzac Memorial Garden is host to several memorial stones.  One of these holds a plaque commemorating and acknowledging the contribution of the “Black Diggers” of World War One.  This is another link between our garden and the Great War, and between our school  and the Indigenous community.
Our Garden also has a specific link to World War Two, with the RAAF plaque remembering 20 Australian and New Zealand airmen who died on active duty whilst based in Cottesmore, England. Through our partnership with the National Servicemen Association, we have a Sister School – St Nicholas CEVA – which is located near the war cemetery at Cottesmore.  Twice each year students from Bray Park State School make 20 paper poppy wreaths and the NASHOs send them to St Nicholas CEVA school.  The St Nicholas students then place the poppy wreaths on the Australian and New Zealand graves on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.
Another memorial stone in the Anzac Memorial Garden has been donated by the Milne family and dedicated to the Navy.  All three arms of the Australian Defence Force are thus represented in the garden and those laying commemorative wreaths have a choice placement at any of the memorial stones.
The Opening Ceremony for the Bray Park Anzac Memorial Garden will take place on Friday 19th May at 9:30am in the school hall.  All community members are welcome to attend.