School prefects, Chalcedony Gali, Nicholas Hoa and Liam Beals, represented LAC at today’s Civil Service ANZAC parade held at the Cenotaph in The Square, Palmerston North.
“Witnessing the commemoration of one of New Zealand’s defining moment in History was an extraordinary experience. As privileged as I am as a prefect, I was delighted to represent Longburn Adventist College at the ANZAC service in Palmerston North City Square. I was joined by two of our prefects, Chalcedony Gali and Liam Beals. It was a memorable event.
I see the Gallipoli Campaign as one with an enormous significance to New Zealand. This is why; during the 19th century and early 20th century, New Zealand relied heavily on Britain for support in governing. Thus making it feel as if it was still a colony. However, after New Zealand fought under Britain command in the war, New Zealand changed. The young country was brought onto the world stage, hence making New Zealand sovereign and confident in its involvement in global issues.
There was also inspiring speeches during the service. An aspect I noticed during one of the speeches from a guest speaker, he mentioned, “we’re here today not only to commemorate the lives lost during the Gallipoli Campaign but also in other wars”. I believed he was referring to the Second World War and post-Second World Wars like The Middle East and The Cold War which led to New Zealand involvement in Korea, Vietnam, Malaya and Borneo. I was personally moved when I saw hundreds gathered to honour the legacy of the brave soldiers who gave up their lives for their country.
We can acknowledge the fact that New Zealand Was involved in quite a number of wars. I think these were great commitments to keep global peace. But, as Bible prophecy states in Matthew 24; the world will slowly crumbling with warfare, famine and earthquakes. All these things take us one step closer to Christ’s return.”
Nicholas Hoa, 2017 Head Prefect