Meriden students participate in Anzac Day services across the Inner West

28 April 2022

Meriden cadets have marked Anzac Day this year with mounting catafalque parties at services across the Inner West. 177 Meriden girls participate in Meriden’s Cadets Program in partnership with Trinity Grammar School Army Cadet Unit (TGSACU). The Unit was invited to mount catafalque parties at Dawn Services at Balmain RSL, Drummoyne RSL Sub-Branch and Burwood RSL, and at commemorative services at the Shute Shield Rugby Union match as well at Meriden and Trinity Grammar School.

As part of their participation in the catafalque party the girls, together with their cohorts from Trinity, marched, presented arms, stood to attention and formed an armed guard for the cenotaph – a sign of respect for those who have fallen. The cadets spent many weeks training to ensure every aspect of the service was completed correctly, and they discharged their duties admirably.

Meriden History Captain, Khushi Jain, addressed Meriden’s Anzac Service, reflecting on the qualities that distinguish the Anzac tradition, and highlighting Australian military service in Somalia, which marks its thirty-year anniversary this year. She reminded those assembled that Anzac Day is an opportunity to reflect on a crucial element of Australian identity – that of service.

Khushi said that Australian military participation in Peacekeeping missions, like in Somalia, demonstrated courage, professionalism and service to others in pursuit of peace and was worthy of commemorating.

Service to community is an important part of school life at Meriden, and the participation of the girls in Anzac Day services is in respect for fallen soldiers, and those who have sacrificed in service to our nation. We honour the values that have been invested in the original ANZACs – loyalty, selflessness, courage.

Lest we forget.