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Long-time floral tribute

TRADITION CONTINUES: Youngsters from Ararat Primary School 800 prepare the annual floral tribute to Anzacs. Picture: GEOFF PENNA

A tradition that started 58 years ago continued in Ararat last weekend when Ararat Primary School 800 children, staff and community members presented annual floral tributes for Anzac Day services.

The school’s 270 students worked on a Lest We Forget display and school community volunteers created a Rising Sun presentation that featured together at Ararat cenotaph in Barkly Street.

In 1957, 12 years after the end of the Second World War, an Ararat 800 teacher copied the idea from Portland RSL. Another teacher created the design which has become more elaborate from year to year.

Decorative scrolls, ‘They shall grow not old’ and “ANZAC” have since been added to the original crown and rising sun design.

With this year’s centenary of Anzac, ‘100’ was a central feature of this year’s display.

Another former teacher at the school during the inception of the idea, Jim Dunn, continues to be heavily involved in the presentation of the display.


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Posted on Apr 29 2015

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