Darren and Robyn Marshall, and Robyn’s father Mark Munro.
Darren and Robyn Marshall, and Robyn’s father Mark Munro. Campbell Gellie

Students enthralled by soldier’s story

THIS was the first time school students were involved in the Calliope Anzac Day service, and it made it so much more special as the community gathered to remember those who fought for Australia and New Zealand's freedom.

Calliope RSL branch president Paul Howkins said it was the biggest service he had ever seen in Calliope.

"You could see the passion in how they read out the names of the fallen. It shows that their sacrifice will not be forgotten for many more years to come."

Students sat cross-legged in front of the cenotaph and were gripped as teacher and former naval officer Robyn Marshall read a story about one of the fallen soldiers.

Roy Mareck, who had just returned from Brisbane that morning for the service, said Robyn's part in the service had become important for the RSL.

"She researches a fallen soldier every year and everyone loves hearing about their stories," he said.

"I just hope that we don't add any more names to the cenotaph."