Redlands students honour fallen soldiers in Anzac project

HONOURING THE FALLEN: Victoria Point State High School community junior vice captains Jazmyn Matheson and Maddisen Gibbons (front) with community senior vice captains Darcy Porrett and Jasmin Templeman.
HONOURING THE FALLEN: Victoria Point State High School community junior vice captains Jazmyn Matheson and Maddisen Gibbons (front) with community senior vice captains Darcy Porrett and Jasmin Templeman.

STUDENTS from three local schools will honour fallen soldiers laid to rest in and around the Redlands as part of a national project ahead of Anzac Day.

The Honour Our Fallen project sees students research deceased defence personnel, locate their gravesites in local cemeteries and mark each one with an Australian flag.

Students from Victoria Point State High School visited Redland Bay Cemetery on Tuesday, April 23.

Students at Cleveland District State High School will visit Cleveland Cemetery, while Faith Lutheran College students will lay flags at Great Southern Memorial Park in Carbrook.

Redlands RSL deputy president Ian Gray said Honour Our Fallen was designed to recognise the memory of defence force personnel who had served Australia in conflicts from the Boer War to the present.

"The main objective is to generate community respect and acceptance of our fallen," Mr Gray said.

Victoria Point State High School community vice captains Darcy Porrett, Jasmin Templeman, Jazmyn Matheson and Maddisen Gibbons placed flags at 38 gravesites at the ceremony on Tuesday.

Among the veterans honoured were Stanley Cobby, who served in the air force, and army serviceman Theodore Mirtschin, whom the students had researched as a part of the project.

As part of their research, students found out about the veterans' families, homes, occupations in the army and where they served.

"When we were researching, it was interesting just to invest in someone else's life and their history," Jasmin said.

"For me (Anzac Day is) still about remembering what they did for us... but it adds a more personal aspect because we know a bit more about them...that they were people with lives and families at home."

Also in attendance at Victoria Point State High School's ceremony were principal Scot Steinhardt and deputy principal Leisa James, Redlands MP Kim Richards, Mr Gray and council representatives.

Mr Steinhardt said it was the first time the initiative had been undertaken in the Redlands, and he hoped it would continue in years to come.

"Students... have identified where we've been laying flags today and have researched the stories, the lives and the history of as many of the individuals as they can," he said.

"Instead of Anzac Day being a wide-ranging, broad concept, our young people have identified in a much more personal level with returned servicemen in this cemetery."

Mr Gray said Redlands RSL had supplied the schools with flags, teacher education packs and links to research websites to aid students in their research.

The flags will remain in place for one week.