STUDENT WALKS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS ALONG THE WESTERN FRONT
Dominic Kingsford from Trinity Catholic College departs tomorrow on the trip of a life time to the Western Front to learn more about Australia’s Anzac legacy.
Thomas George MP, Member for Lismore said that Dominic was one of a select group of twelve students to undertake the two-week pilgrimage as recipients of the Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship.
“I am delighted that a local student received this prestigious scholarship,” said Mr George.
“Students were selected for their commitment to the study of Australian history and for their passion and involvement in maintaining the Anzac tradition in their communities.
“Dominic has a particular devotion to Australian military history, placing first in his class. He has attended the UNSW gifted education program studying the impact of WW1 on 21st century society.
“He is a bugler and has played The Last Post, The Rouse and Reveille at ANZAC ceremonies in Lismore, resulting in an invitation to be Alstonville RSL’s bugler.
“The scholars will tour sites including the Somme, Bullecourt and Fromelles battlefields.
“The group will also lay a wreath at the Menin Gate, where the names of 54,000 missing British and Commonwealth soldiers are recorded.
“It's a special opportunity to pay respects to the 46,000 Australians who were tragically killed on the Western Front.”
Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello said the lead up to the Centenary of the First World War (2014-2018) makes it all the more important for young people to learn about the realities of war and the sacrifices made by Anzac soldiers.
“The Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship doesn’t end when students get off the plane,” Mr Dominello said.
“Exploring family stories from the First World War unites young Australians by unlocking our diverse histories and shared identity. There can be no better way to commemorate our Anzacs than to walk on the battlefields they fought on.
“The scholars are expected to share their experiences with their school and local community on their return home,” he said.