Flight Lieutenant Brittany Lovett – who served in Afghanistan – was the special guest speaker at St Patrick’s College’s Remembrance Day ceremony.
Making it more special was the fact she is a former student, from the class of 2007.
Flt Lt Lovett was required to go ‘beyond the wire’ as part of her duties, carrying weapons and 30 kilos of body armour, and told the students “nothing can truly prepare you for the terrors of warlike environments.”
She related her stories of the brave and extraordinary personnel she had encountered, all of whom had insisted they were ordinary Aussies.
“This is what we should reflect on,” she said, when reflecting on the Diggers.
“We should never forget.
“I am honoured to have followed in their footsteps and to serve this country.”
The St Patrick’s College ceremony was one of many held in local schools this week, and included guest speakers such as Margaret Rixon from Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society (reading wartime diaries), and students who have researched their veteran ancestors.
The beautifully-decorated event was overseen by history teacher Fran Musico Rullo, with keen students from her college history club.
After the ceremony, Macarthur federal MP Mike Freelander joined with Flt Lt Lovett to plant an olive tree in the college’s Gallipoli Centenary Garden.
The pupils of the Catholic girls school also laid wreaths for the Protestant war veterans who have memorial stones in the Congregationalist/Methodist cemetery next to St Patrick's College.
Campbelltown Mayor George Brticevic, Camden Mayor Peter Sidgreaves, and Camden’s Labor candidate Sally Quinnell were also inn attendance.
The college also produced a commemorative booklet.
“St Patrick's believes by teaching our girls the importance of commemoration, they will pass it on to the next generation and ensure that the price of peace is never taken for granted,” Mrs Musico Rullo said.
The college’s History Club has a membership of nearly 100 students.