Today the College commemorated Anzac Day with its annual ceremony on Ross Oval.

This year’s guest speaker was Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll. During her speech, she spoke about her values as an emergency services worker, aligning them with those of the men and women of the armed forces.

“In my role with QFES, I have around 48,000 staff in my department and every day they put their lives on the line to help others,” she said.

“As their Commissioner, I have a deep sense of responsibility for all of these people; I have lost dear friends and colleagues who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”

She also spoke about the disaster response to the recent Cyclone Debbie crisis in Queensland.

“I had staff putting their lives in danger, with some saving people in the nick of time from rooftops, as the floods washed houses away,” she said.

“On Anzac Day, it is important to stop for a moment and reflect, to remember all of those people who contribute to the safety of our community, and remember the fine men and women who sacrificed their lives in service of their country.”

In a tradition that certainly demonstrates the diversity of the College, members of the many different groups that make up the Nudgee College community laid wreaths of remembrance.

The ceremony concluded with special guests walking back across the oval through a guard of honour formed by the Year 12 students.

Lest we forget.