Young ambassadors impress veterans
LAIDLEY RSL sub-branch's young ambassadors Kate Lencz and Monique Crack impressed veterans and guests with their maturity and knowledge at a recent commemorative function.
The girls, both students at Faith Lutheran College, were joint winners of the annual memorial scholarships.
Ms Lencz posed the question to the gathering: How was it possible to measure a soldiers' sacrifice?
Quoting from a poem, she asked, "How do you measure a soldier's honour? Is it by the duty he or she volunteers for, or by the number of medals earned?"
Ms Crack thanked the Veterans' Support Group and the Laidley RSL sub-branch for inviting her and Kate, along with other RSL ambassadors, to join in the special occasion.
"It's a great honour and privilege to be able to speak in front of you all, and of those of you who know first hand the experiences of war," she said.
President Brian Ranse said the scholarships were offered in proud memory of four past members who served their country on active service and as prisoners of war.
"The Memorial Scholarships are designed to encourage and develop leadership, community service, empathy and an understanding of the importance of the contribution and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women throughout Australian history," Mr Ranse said.
"The example these young girls have set here today is indicative of the excellent standard of students being produced by our local schools.
"They are a credit to themselves, their school and to their community."