STUDENTS and staff at Bendigo Senior Secondary College united on Wednesday for its Anzac service.
Hundreds of people packed into the college gym for the service, including returned servicemen and woman and City of Greater Bendigo representatives.
The college's student council president Skye Anderson said the ceremony held significant meaning to students.
"This is one of the most important days on the college calendar," she said.
"(Our college) prides itself on its Anzac ceremony.
"It reminds students of the sacrifices that servicemen and women have made, and continue to make for us.
This is one of the most important days on the college calendar.
"It is a chance for us to honour the fallen soldiers for risking their lives to give us the freedom we have today."
Veteran Glenn Ludeman was the event's keynote speaker.
Mr Ludeman served in the Australian Army and travelled overseas to Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Timor and most recently Afghanistan.
He spoke about his experience at war and the significance of the Anzac spirit.
Former college student Murray Trimble was present in the crowd at the ceremony and wore the medals of his younger brother Bevan.
Mr Trimble said Bevan was killed while serving in Vietnam in1968.
He said his brother would have been proud to have seen the hundreds of students participating in the ceremony.
"We have always had a connection with the school," he said.
"A lot of the schools are doing (Anzac ceremonies).
"It lets the children know about history and what happened and is still happening."