The Anzac Spirit of Jordan Rice
IT WAS an act of bravery that ultimately cost Jordan Rice his life, but on Anzac Day that act will be recognised when he becomes the first person to receive The Spirit of the ANZAC Award posthumously.
His brother Blake Rice will accept the award at the official Toowoomba Anzac Day service on Monday.
The Spirit of the ANZAC Award is presented each year to a member of the community who demonstrates characteristics shown by the original Anzacs.
Toowoomba RSL Sub-branch president Lindsay Morrison said the decision to present Jordan with the award was unanimous.
In order to receive the award, the recipient must show initiative, courage, honour, selflessness, mateship, personal sacrifice, perseverance or endurance.
Mr Morrison said Jordan displayed more than one of those qualities on January 10.
“It is the first time we have presented a posthumous award and when Jordan Rice was nominated the decision was unanimous, he displayed all these qualities and payed the ultimate price,” Mr Morrison said.
Jordan along with his mother Donna Rice tragically lost their lives at the intersection of James and Kitchener Sts when an inland tsunami tore through the Toowoomba CBD on January 10.
The Naval Association of Australia nominated Jordan for the award.
Mr Morrison said it would be an “honour and privilege” to present it to Blake on Anzac Day.
“To be able to present Blake Rice with the award in memory of the heroic acts shown by his brother Jordan will be an honour and privilege for me,” Mr Morrison said.
“This young chap gave his life so his brother could be saved, that definitely encapsulates what the Spirit of the Anzac Award stands for.”
The heroic acts shown by Jordan that fateful afternoon touched a nation.
Mr Morrison said he hoped the posthumous award will keep the memory of Jordan burning strongly.
“I believe that the nation as a whole will be pleased that Jordan Rice is receiving this award,” he said.
“The memory and personal sacrifice shown by such a brave young boy should never be forgotten.”