LNP Offers Historical Anzac Experience

8 Sep 2011 4:05 PMJann Stuckey

8 September 2011

An LNP Government will offer high school students an extraordinary opportunity to attend Anzac Day ceremonies in Gallipoli and Europe to mark the centenary of Anzac Day.

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, said the LNP’s commitment in Government to sponsor delegations of students to commemorate this historic event is a mark of respect for the sacrifice made by our brave soldiers.

“Students will be selected from a competition open to all Queensland High School students to attend ceremonies in Gallipoli and the Western Front in Europe in 2013, 2014 and 2015,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The three year initiative will see five students selected in both 2013 and 2014, with 40 students from across Queensland picked in 2015 for the Centenary.

“High School students will be invited to submit an essay on why remembrance of the Anzacs is important to Australians, how this event shaped our nation and why it is still relevant and respected by younger generations.

“Anzac Day is a very special occasion for all Australians, and particularly in my electorate of Currumbin where the Dawn Service at Elephant Rock is attended by many thousands and broadcast across the nation.

“Although these terrible events occurred almost 100 years ago, the spirit of Anzac is still very much alive around this electorate.

“Each year I hold an Anzac Day Essay Competition with local primary and high schools. It has become a much-enjoyed tradition within the school community and the Currumbin RSL, who offer their generous support.

“I am always amazed at the incredible level of interest shown year after year, which is testament to the strong sense of pride this community feels for the legacy of our diggers. 

“Anzac Day means a lot to this electorate, and I hope that some of our students get to partake in this opportunity under an LNP Government.