Simpson Prize 2012 - One day to go
Once again it is time for commemorative activity to ramp up here at the Australian War Memorial but also at commemorative sites across the globe. Every April we stop and reflect on the service and sacrifice made by Australians in times of war. For a very special group of students, who have completed some excellent historical research and analysis, submitted an essay and been rewarded for their academic achievement, they will receive the unique opportunity to experience ANZAC Day 2012 at ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. The students have already had a trip to Canberra where they were able to visit the AWM and explore the stories of those who served at the peninsula, looked at the relics now on display here and seen some of the behind the scenes collection not normally on display. Now they have the opportunity to walk the same ground that those first ANZACS walked in 1915.
The purpose of this blog is so that you can take this journey with us. The Memorial guides will post but so will the students and you can follow our experiences in Istanbul and on the peninsula itself. If you followed last years blog you will know there are some records to beat, but you will also know what a meaningful and moving experience this will be for all of us. Each day we hope to introduce you to the students and get there perspective on Turkish culture, food, people, the meaning on the battlefields and the commemorative activities around AVZAC day. All going well we can post some photos and show you highlights of the journey.
When the students return we hope that can bring this experience back with them to their school and to their community. We would like them to inspire those they know and those they will know in the future about this important part of our history. With this experience and the knowledge and understanding that it brings, we can be assured that he relevance of this most significant day will live on in their hearts and minds for years to come.
We fly out tomorrow and 24 hours later we will hit the ground running. Check back with us soon.
Stuart, Heather and the Simpson Prize gang
For more information on how your students can enter this competition go to http://simpsonprize.org/