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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 13 Hansard (Tuesday, 25 November 2014) . . Page.. 4012 ..

Today we remember with thanksgiving those who sacrificed their life for us in times of war. We pray that the offering of their lives may not have been in vain. Today we dedicate ourselves to freedom, peace and justice for all and for the wisdom and strength to build a better world.

The ceremony was moving and served as a time for reflection and gratitude. It provided all of us in attendance with an opportunity to pay respect to and honour those who serve our country.

The children all played their part superbly. The majority were respectful spectators; some played a special part in providing their musical talents or being part of the wreath-laying teams representing their classes. Members of the armed forces, parents of children and teachers at the school also played their part and reinforced the solemnity and direct relevance of the service.

The Remembrance Day ceremony was written and produced by teachers who formed the organising committee led by Alison Marks. The organising committee were Alison Marks, Sandy Vincent, John O’Brien, Kath Watson, Amanda Jiang, Elisa Pavlic and Jo Chilver.

I have to say that I have been to many Remembrance Day ceremonies over the years. Without exception, they have been special and unique in their own way. My congratulations to all concerned—all the teachers, the admin staff, the students, the organising committee, the parents and the wider school community, who all combined to make it such a memorable event. The Rosary Remembrance Day 2014 ceremony will stay long in my memory as a very special, inclusive, respectful and moving ceremony.

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.


MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Dr Bourke): Before I call the next speaker, I acknowledge in the gallery former Deputy Chief Minister Mr David Lamont.


Women—White Ribbon Day

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (5.03): I am sure most MLAs will know today is White Ribbon Day. White Ribbon Australia observes the

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