IF anyone thought that the meaning of the word 'Anzac' had been diluted as it's gone down the generations, those thoughts were dispeled last week by Elanora State School students Jessica Allsopp and Emily Rose.
The two students read their essays on 'why the Anzacs should never be forgotten' before a packed audience of fellow students, staff, military veterans and parents last week before receiving their awards from Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey, who championed the awards.
The annual competition, judged by the Palm Beach-Currumbin RSL, received countless entries this year, many of which came from the pens of Elanora Primary School students who, for the second year running, had displayed high standard entries in the competition.
Both Jessica and Emily also read their winning essays out to crowds at Anzac Day services at Currumbin Beach for the Dawn Service and the Currumbin RSL at midday, with more than 10,000 people attending both occasions.
Ms Stuckey said she was very impressed by the quality of the essays the girls submitted and said they were examples to the community that the Anzac spirit was safe in the hands of the young.