Silent Anzac project partners Box Hill North Primary School will be launching their own Silent Anzac project to commemorate our service men and women and to mark 100 years since the end of WW1. Students are invited to make a poppy and dedicate it to a WW1 service man or woman. These poppies will be laid at the Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux, France, by the band in November 2018 as part of the official Armistice Centenary events. This ceremony will be live streamed and recorded for viewing by the school students. The students are also invited to research their chosen service man or women utilising online resources to search for WW1 soldiers who lived in their street and to review their service records. Students may also wish to dedicate their poppy to a great grandparent or great great uncle who served in WW1.

The students will have an opportunity to display their poppies and other WW1 related project work to the general public at the band’s performance of The Silent Anzac show at the Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading, on 30th September. The poppies and wreaths will be officially handed over to the band at a Remembrance service at school assembly on 26th October.

This project provides the opportunity for the students to have a personal involvement in the commemoration of our service men and women andto mark the centenary of Armistice of WW1. If your school would like to be involved in the Silent Anzac project then please contact Colin Harrison of the Footscray-Yarraville City Band at secretary@fycb.com.au.

Online resources

The AIF Project (search for WW1 soldiers by address): https://aif.adfa.edu.au/aif/

National Archives of Australia (search for service records of WW1 soldiers):

https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/NameSearch.aspx

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