On the 10th of November, former Ruse students who are veterans were invited back to witness the unveiling of a Veterans’ Honour Board. We were privileged to have many veterans return, including Repatriation Commission, Major General (Retired) Mark Kelly. The School Captain of 1964, Mr Peter Schultz and veteran of the Vietnam War, was inspirational in beginning this project and travelled from Queensland to be part of the ceremony. The JRAHS Cadet Unit demonstrated superior discipline and protocol in their parade which was inspected by Major General Kelly. The school was also honoured to receive a boxed Australian Flag and Commanders’ Coin from former student Rear Admiral Trevor Jones who is currently commander of Joint Task Force 633 in the Middle East. The Australian flag had flown over the ANZAC service in Baghdad earlier this year on April 25th 2015. I believe that connecting with our past, honouring our former students and commemorating the spirit of ANZAC is an important part of the spirit of James Ruse.
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