Student’s Anzac trip of lifetime
FOR Brooklyn Lade, experiencing Anzac Day in France was a “life changing” experience.
Last year, the Year 12 student at Proserpine State High School entered into The Premier’s Anzac Prize.
“I had to send off a five-minute video about how I believed the Anzac tradition is relevant in modern Australia,” Brooklyn said.
“I sent my video off and apparently I was good enough.”
Brooklyn was among seven other students from around Australia who were selected to travel to Gallipoli for Anzac Day.
But due to terrorist threats in the area, the students visited Villers-Bretonneux instead.
Brooklyn said the sights she saw, the history she learned and taking part in the Anzac Day ceremony by laying a wreath on behalf of Queensland was an opportunity she’d never forget.
“Anzac Day will never be the same for me,” she said.
“To stand on the very battlefield (the soldiers) stood on is just a feeling you can’t get anywhere else.
“Touring through the battlefields of the western front in France and Belgium has changed my perspective on a lot of things.”
For information on the Premier’s Anzac Prize visit www.education.qld.gov.au.
SOLEMN: Brooklyn Lade in France for Anzac Day.