Can­berra trip for es­say writer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

AN Aquinas Col­lege stu­dent won a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to com­mem­o­rate Aus­tralia’s Viet­nam War veter­ans on the 50th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Long Tan.

Joseph O’Sul­li­van trav­elled to Can­berra to par­tic­i­pate in a com­mem­o­ra­tive pro­gram of events.

Swan MHR Steve Irons said Joseph was a wor­thy win­ner of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Hon­our­ing Aus­tralian Viet­nam Veter­ans Com­pe­ti­tion, which was open to all stu­dents from years 9 to 11 to sub­mit multi-me­dia, art­works, mu­si­cal com­po­si­tions or es­says.

“This year, as Aus­tralia hon­ours the men and women who served in Viet­nam, it is es­sen­tial that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions learn about this im­por­tant chap­ter in our his­tory and re­spect the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of those who de­fend our coun­try,” Mr Irons said.

“This com­pe­ti­tion en­cour­aged stu­dents to re­flect on the Aus­tralians who served in Viet­nam and sub­mit an en­try that spoke about the im­por­tance of re­mem­ber­ing and hon­our­ing their sac­ri­fice and our wartime his­tory.

“The judges were im­pressed with Joseph’s en­try which was an es­say on war pho­tog­ra­phers. Joseph had an orig­i­nal per­spec­tive, plac­ing the Viet­nam War in the tele­vi­sion era.”

Joseph O’Sul­li­van is con­grat­u­lated by Depart­ment of Veter­ans Af­fairs sec­re­tary Si­mon Lewis.

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