On the right side of history
History teacher Lauren Barrie, of Victoria Park, is taking part in a 10-day tour of former battlefields in Belgium and France and spending Remembrance Day at the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux.
HISTORY teacher Lauren Barrie is on a quest to model what it means to be a “global citizen” to her students at Byford Secondary College by taking the trip of a lifetime.
The 22-year-old Victoria Park resident is one of eight young West Australians selected by the State Government to attend the Centenary of Armistice Tour in Europe next month.
The 10-day tour of the former battlefields in Belgium and France includes a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux on November 11.
The State-funded tour has been designed to bolster West Australians’ knowledge of the implications of World War I and of the Armistice that signalled its end, while also gaining valuable insights into mateship and the Anzac spirit.
Ms Barrie said the tour would provide an opportunity to build on her historical knowledge and bring back real-life experiences.
“It is incredibly important for young people to educate themselves about world history and the sacrifices generations before them made as it is still relevant to them today and will continue to be relevant into the future,” she said.
Lauren Barrie is looking forward to visiting the many battlefields on the Western Front.