Malaya Borneo Veterans Remembrance Service

13 May 2014 | General Interest

Malaya Borneo Veterans Service of Remembrance 12 May 2014

Thomas Carr College has for many years hosted the Malaya Borneo Veterans Service at the Memorial Stone in the College grounds.  On Monday once again the Thomas Carr Community, Wyndham Community leaders and the Malaya Borneo Veterans came together to continue, what has now become a tradition, to remember those that are no longer with us at the Remembrance Service.  Fortunately this year the weather was kind and the Service was well attended by the Veterans and invited guests.  Dr Andrew Watson welcomed everyone with these poignant words:

"We gather together this morning to honour and recognise the sacrifices made by service men and women, from not only Australia, but from Britain, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and Nepal.  We bring together the true comradeship of those who have served in Malaya and Borneo.  We maintain our commitment to the memory of these soldiers and the story of their service and sacrifice"

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We sang Advance Australia Fair and acknowledged the Wurandjeri Tribes of the Kulin Nation. 

 Nicholas Parrella our College Captain was Master of Ceremonies.Malaya Borneo

Mr Owen Marshall  Malaya Borneo National President made his address and introduced Mr. Arthur Seddon, Loyal Regiment Corporal. Signaller.  Section Commander and Senior NCO in charge of 1 Platoon A Company (Acting SGT) who made a speech about his award winning essay regarding his time with the Veterans.

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Our College Chaplain Mr Larry Burn blessed the wreaths.

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Wreaths were laid on behalf of the Malaya Borneo Veterans by Mr. John O'Regan, Deputy Principal Ms Brigitte McDonald on behalf of the Malaya Borneo Veterans Geelong Region, Principal Dr Andrew Watson on behalf of the College, Mayor Bob Fairclough on behalf of the City of Wyndham, Erin Sidwell, College Leader on behalf of the Prime Minister, the Honourable Tony Abbott, Bradley Bennett College Leader on behalf of Ms Joanne Ryan Federal Member for Lalor, Mr Andrew Elsbury State Member on behalf of the Western Metropolitan Region, Mr Robert Aron, Manager Western Region on behalf of the Catholic Education Office and Mr. Bruce Lovett on behalf of the Malaysian Community. The Malaysian flag also flew alongside the others for the first time at Thomas Carr College.

The Ode of Remembrance was recited by Mr. John O' Regan Malaya Borneo Veterans State President and our own Daisy Andrews serenely played The Last Post.

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Before the Service ended Mr Owen Marshall  presented our students with framed Certificates of Appreciation for their contribution, marching and carrying the banner  with the Veterans on ANZAC Day. Everyone then had the opportunity to chat over a light lunch in the College Dining Room

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'Lest we forget'