Bundaberg East State School prep students Lilyana Marriette and Zacariah James prepare to lay their class wreath at their schools Anzac Day service.
Bundaberg East State School prep students Lilyana Marriette and Zacariah James prepare to lay their class wreath at their schools Anzac Day service. Leah Kidd

Soldiers honoured for helping in flood clean-up

EAST Bundaberg State School has welcomed back the soldiers who helped clean their flood-ravaged school, honouring them at their Anzac Day service.

Bundaberg East State School teacher librarian and Anzac Day co-ordinator Paul McMillan said it had been an honour to host the soldiers.

Mr McMillan has been running the school's Anzac Day parade for 18 years and said reports from the service had been glowing.

More than 600 children, as well as 100 parents and guests, attended the event.

"It was great to see the soldiers doing the formal part of their job," he said.

Mr McMillan said after the ceremony the soldiers stayed back and went around to each classroom to meet the kids.

Armoured vehicle gunner Tim Salav said it was rewarding that the Bundaberg community was so happy to have them. "Most of the guys helped clean up the school," he said.

Sergeant Jamie McGregor said the service was great.

"The kids do a really good job; it's great to see the school take a pride in Anzac Day," he said.

Bugler Allan Tedford played the Last Post at yesterday's Anzac service. "I've done it quite a few times, it was absolutely excellent," he said. "It meant quite a lot. I did 21 years in the army myself."

Mr McMillan said people really appreciated what the school had put together.

"Our school community comes together very well, especially this year after the floods," he said.



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