LOCAL students from across the region will attend the 82nd Anzac Day service for schools in Melbourne today.
More than 135 primary school students and 22 teachers from 16 schools will attend the commemorative service at the Shrine of Remembrance.
The trip was organised by Bendigo Legacy and students and staff will be accompanied by eight legatees from the local area.
Legatee and trip co-ordinator Marg Crapper said it was important for students to understand the sacrifices soldiers made for Australia.
“It is for kids to reflect on what happened during World War I and II,” she said. “And how the soliders, army and air force fought for freedom for Australians.”
Ms Crapper said thousands of primary and secondary aged students would pay tribute to past and present soldiers at the service.
“It is fantastic to get the younger generations involved,” she said. “The freedom we have in Australia is something that not every country has.”
Ms Crapper said students would have the chance to lay a wreath at the shrine in memory of the local soldiers who had fought during the wars.
She urged all students to wear family members’ medals to the event.