Anzac Day at Ben Lomond

26th Apr 2022

Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall welcomed community, guests and visitors to the annual Anzac Day service on Monday.
Although there was a hint of sun the wind sent our service inside to the hall’s recently refurbished Memorial Room, where we were seated with a greater degree of comfort.
Rev. Andrew Campbell spoke of the memorial at the headquarters of the United Nations which is dedicated to the expression ‘beat swords into plowshares’ and relates to the Bible passage in Isaiah 2:4: “And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” Swords to ploughshares is a concept in which military weapons or technologies are converted for peaceful civilian applications.
We prayed for peace in the world.
Guest speaker Mr Des Bowlay gave an address reflecting on his term served as a “Nasho”. He spoke of training ‘to go’ and even ‘to wait in readiness’, noting that military training can help to create a better civilian citizenship. Surprisingly, he felt that there were some unexpected benefits and consequences of the training he received during his term of service to the nation, as a direct result of conscription. Des noted the ongoing collegiality between the “nasho” community and their ongoing spirit of contribution to the wider community.
A book “Nashos – National servicemen in War and Peace.” has been published by the Armidale branch recording the experiences of the cohort. Des Bowlay presented copy of the book to Ben Lomond School principal Kirsten Reim.