DHS students assist veterans
The 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin was an opportunity for Darwin High School students to help transport more than 30 veterans and evacuees — many in their 90s — attending events commemorating the airborne attacks.
The first enemy raid occurred on Thursday 19 February 1942, and was followed by 64 more bombings.
The students assisted the veterans at the Darwin Cenotaph remembrance service, and when visiting the sunk USS Peary — an event that claimed 88 lives — the ruins of coastal gun emplacements, Robertson Barracks and the Adelaide River War Cemetery.
Darwin High School’s Bombing of Darwin events coordinator, Judy Boland, said the ex-servicemen and women were “deeply impressed” by the courtesy and respect shown them by the students.
“The students performed so many tasks, ranging from helping veterans embark and disembark a bus or ferry, ensuring they were supplied with food, water, tea and coffee, or made comfortable by providing fans and umbrellas, or listening to their war accounts,” she said.
Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim acknowledged the work of the students, personally thanking them for their dedication to the welfare of the veterans.