Department of Veterans' Affairs
This video focuses on honour rolls, which records the names of individuals from a community who served during a war. Communities make honour rolls to recognise the service of veterans and remember those who lost their lives. The video is part of a series developed to support our Here They Come—A Day to Remember picture book and animated video, designed for lower primary school students.
Have you ever seen boards like these ones?
These old wooden boards are called Honour Rolls.
But these Honour Rolls are different to the ones you see in schools that record school captains and prefects.
These ones have names of people from a school or a community who served during war.
Many will mark the names of those who died with a cross.
And some only include the names of the dead from a particular area.
An Honour Roll like this one is made by a community to honour and remember.
Honour Rolls list the names of people in the local community who served during war.
Often there are several names from the one family.
Many of them would have known each other as friends, just like your friends sitting next to you now.
These Honour Rolls are in my local community hall.
Did you see it in the film?
Yes that's right, it was behind Bert and Stan.
Australian's like Bert and Stan went to war for many reasons.
Some out of loyalty to their country.
Some because their family and friends expected them to.
And others because they thought it would better their lives.
Whatever the reason they had to be brave.
And often the reality of war was very different to what they expected.