Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Today Is Not the Time for Nationalism; Senior Military Man Tells Students of Disbelief at Gallipoli Toll, Says Anzac Day Is for Reflection and Advises

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Today Is Not the Time for Nationalism; Senior Military Man Tells Students of Disbelief at Gallipoli Toll, Says Anzac Day Is for Reflection and Advises

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Byline: Kieran Banks kieran.banks@qt.com.au

A SERVICEMAN told Ipswich Girlsa Grammar School students Anzac Day should be for reflection and commemoration rather than nationalism at a ceremony yesterday.

Students watched as service women performed the marching on of the colours as the Anzac Day ceremony began.

Guest speaker Wing Commander Simon Nickson told the students the significant loss of life experienced at Gallipoli was unfathomable today.

He has served the Air Force in Vietnam and the United States, plus operational service with Australian forces in East Timor and the Middle East.

aOver 8000 Australians died at Gallipoli, nearly 2000 of them were on the first day,a he said.

aEight months after the stalemate on that god-forsaken Turkish peninsula the body count from all sides had totalled 250,000 dead. Less than 100 years later such wartime casualty rates are beyond belief. I simply fail to

truly comprehend killing on such a large scale. …

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