Don’t Forget Me, Cobber ANZAC poetry competition launched
STUDENT leaders from across the Dalby schools came out to the Anzac memorial cenotaph to hear how their poetry will be tabled in parliament after a competition launched by Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott.
As a former Veterans' Affairs Minister, Mr Scott said the commemoration to remember those who fought and died was an important legacy that came at an enormous price.
"I opened this competition across the electorate of Maranoa to make students think about what it means to be an Australian," he said.
"You might want to create a collective poem from the school or as an individual.
"What I receive will be tabled in the federal parliament so others can read them."
He said it was important to include the roles of students in the Anzac ceremonies.
"It's the RSL in my opinion that has kept Anzac Day alive and it's our responsibility to make sure we never forgot about the people who died and served our country," he said.
The competition is called Don't Forget Me Cobber after the mateship that was shown while fighting.
"It was something the soldiers would say. They'd talk about their mates. It's about the very important time in our nation's history," he said.
"This competition is how as students you see the history of the Anzacs."
Primary school students can submit a poem of up to 150 words. High school students can craft a poem of up to 300 words.
Entries need to be submitted by February 27 to bruce.scott.MP@aph.gov.au