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Thursday 23 April 2020

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, has today released a special ANZAC Day video message to Queensland primary and secondary school students.

This is the speech the Governor would have delivered at the ANZAC Day Students’ Commemoration Ceremony today before hundreds of Queensland primary and secondary students.

This solemn ceremony is conducted every year in Brisbane’s ANZAC Square prior to ANZAC Day by the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee, an organisation of which Queensland Governors have been Patron since its formation in 1916.

In the video message, the Governor congratulates students for honouring the memory of Diggers and their families, despite COVID-19 disruption.

“This year we have all moved closer to a shared understanding of just a little of what they experienced,” the Governor says.

“Nothing can compare with the horrors of life in combat, and the privations of our current situation in no way approach those suffered by our soldiers at war.

“But we now have a sharper comprehension of sacrifice, and what it is to surrender personal wishes for the common good.

The Governor also thanked Queensland students for their discipline and stoicism in the face of community disruption.

“World War 1 did eventually end, and so too will this pandemic,” the Governor says.

“And when it is over, we will have the satisfaction of knowing that we did our part to keep Queensland and Australia safe.”