Canberra trip for essay writer
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.