Scouts throughout New South Wales have once again played a significant role in Anzac Day ceremonies, honouring the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for their country.
Thousands of Scouts from all over the state took part in the events, displaying their commitment to community service. In Sydney, Scouts from various groups gathered in Martin Place for the Dawn Service, where they assisted with crowd management and the laying of wreaths. Scouts also supported Legacy in distributing rosemary to attendees throughout the city. Many Scouts also participated in the march that followed, carrying flags and banners to pay tribute to those who have served in conflicts around the world.
Outside of the city, thousands of Scouts participated in a range of activities within their local communities throughout the day, including assisting with commemorative services at local war memorials, participating in parades, attending wreath-laying ceremonies, undertaking special activities at their scout halls to learn more about the importance of Anzac Day, and conducting overnight vigils. From as far away as Uluru and South Korea, NSW Scouts wore their uniforms with pride. Chief Commissioner Lloyd Nurthen attended the The War Memorial of Korea for a dawn service, alongside representatives from Scouts Australia and Scouts NZ, who are currently in Korea as the contingent management team for the upcoming World Jamboree to be held in Korea in August.
The involvement of Scouts in Anzac Day ceremonies reflects the longstanding tradition of community service within the Scout Movement. For many young people, this is an opportunity to honour the sacrifices of previous generations, while also learning important lessons about leadership, teamwork and citizenship, which are key to the Scouts program.
As Anzac Day continues to hold a special place in the hearts of Australians, the participation of Scouts in these events serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of community and the enduring legacy of those who have served their country with honour and distinction.
Lest We Forget.