A group of students has shared their emotional experience at this year’s ANZAC Day commemoration at Gallipoli.
They’d travelled there after winning the Premier’s Annual ANZAC Prize.
Bonnie Stevens reports.
Premier Campbell Newman and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek hosted the welcome home breakfast at Parliament House.
The students arrived back last night after a 13 day tour through the battlefields and memorials at Gallipoli and the Western Front.
Jamal Hammett-Ryan Award Winner: “It’s just incredible to think that 99 years ago there were thousands of Australian soldiers like going through there and fighting for their lives on that beach.”
The tour aims to pass commemorative ANZAC day traditions on to the next generation of Australians through this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Brigadier Greg Bilton: “Develop a depth of understanding that I think lasts a life time, and then importantly they’ll share those views and thoughts with others.”
Students agree the tour was a life changing experience, but some students also had personal reasons for applying for the tour.
Tiffanie Turnbull, Student: “My favorite bit would have to Pozières, at the windmill site because my great grandfather actually won a military cross at Pozières.”
The award winners are encouraging other students to apply for the Premiers’ ANZAC student tour in 2015 to commemorate the hundred year anniversary.
Next year 70 students will be chosen applicants will need to submit a two to five minute multi media package reflecting their impressions of what the Anzac spirit means.
Bonnie Stevens, QUT News.