Brodie Knott is acutely aware that someone gave their life to protect his freedom.
He plans to honour those fallen soldiers in his speech at Port Macquarie's Remembrance Day service on Monday, November 11.
Brodie is a year 12 vice-captain at Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie campus.
"Someone gave their life which means that I am able to give the main address at Monday's service," he said.
"It was a significant sacrifice.
"My memories of Remembrance Day and Anzac Day are all about the minutes' silence and thinking about family members that have served in the military.
"There are a couple of significant milestones that I will talk about (in his speech) including the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles and the 75th anniversary of the great escape where Australian troops were involved in organising a mass escape from a prisoner of war camp."
The escape from Stalag Luft III took place in March 1944 where some 200 airmen had planned a mass break out through a series of tunnels. More than half of the men made their way to freedom although 73 were re-captured.
Brodie says he also plans to talk about the history and significance of the poppy.
"A lot of people may see the poppy on Remembrance Day but probably don't know the background or history," he added.
The year 12 student says he is talking with the school's modern history teacher about his speech.
And while giving such a public address may be daunting to some, Brodie says he is looking forward to the day.
I enjoy representing the school and getting out there and being part of something that is bigger than just being a year 12 student.Brodie Knott
"I enjoy representing the school and getting out there and being part of something that is bigger than just being a year 12 student," he said.
"Having our school selected to give this speech is also really important to me too.
"I enjoy speaking in front of our community."
Port Macquarie RSL sub-Branch president Greg Laird OAM has again praised the Port Macquarie-Hastings community for their efforts in supporting this significant event on the calendar.
He said the Port Macquarie community is being urged to stop and remember the fallen on this year's Remembrance Day.
The service will commence at 11am at the Port Macquarie cenotaph. He described it as a poignant day.
"It is a poignant day when we honour those who have fallen," he said.
"Remembrance Day is simply a day for us to show our appreciation and remembrance to all those who have served us in conflict or peacekeeping missions.
"I think the Port Macquarie service is growing each year and reflects well on the decision to include and invite younger members of our community to participate.
"Days like Remembrance Day and Anzac Day are significant because the community comes together to pays tribute to all who have fought for our freedoms.
"Don't forget too, that Remembrance Day services are held throughout the world, whereas Anzac Day is specifically Australian."
Mr Laird says Remembrance Day marks the end of hostilities for World War One. Last year was the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.
"We invite the Port Macquarie community to come down to Town Square for the service," Mr Laird said.
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