Students set to raise the flag for ANZACs

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THE Claremont ANZC Flag Parade is gearing up for its 15th year, with close to a thousand students expected to march along the Windermere Bay Foreshore on 10 April.

Students ranging from grade three to college will be joined by politicians, RSL members, Tasmanian Police members and representatives of the 29th squadron from the Royal Air force at Anglesea Barracks to march over the hill to the Claremont War Memorial.

This will be followed by a short service, where students from each school will lay a wreath in front of the memorial.

“The parade is primarily for the students to give them a greater understanding of what ANZAC is all about,” parade director Martin Watkins said.

The Claremont College VET Australian Defence Force (ADF) cadets will lead the parade and will have the chance to present themselves to ADF dignitaries as part of their curriculum.

Mr Watkins said it was a poignant reminder of the sacrifice these men and women make for the country.

“You see the expression these secondary school kids of the same age have and it’s if to say – wow, they were my age and they were off to fight a war, while I’m still going to school,” he said.

Mr Watkins said it was great to see the community come out and pay their respects.

“It makes me feel good that the community still wants to get together and do things, and it draws a lot of people from different schools together,” he said.

The Claremont ANZAC Flag Parade will begin at the Windermere Bay Foreshore at 10am on 10 April.

For more information, contact parade director Martin Watkins on 0407 505 697 or at smwatkins@bigpond.com.

Caption: The Claremont ANZAC Day Flag Parade will be held on 10 April.

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