Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

RSL Awardee Shares Her War Memorial Experience; Symbols of Nation's Sacrifice and Democratic Values Strike Chord

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

RSL Awardee Shares Her War Memorial Experience; Symbols of Nation's Sacrifice and Democratic Values Strike Chord

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Byline: Jenny Lightfoot

BEC Elliott, school captain at Moura High School and a recipient of an RSL Youth Development Academic Achievement Award for 2009, has recently returned from a study tour of Canberra.

She now looks forward to attending leadership training at Bond University in April, which is also part of her award.

Below Bec shares her insights from her time at the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House, Canberra.

She encourages other young people from across the region to apply for the 2010 round of the RSL Youth Development Program.

"IN the heat of a Canberra summer, a cool breeze greeted me as I stepped through the front entrance of one of Australia's most majestic buildings.

Moving to the Orientation Hall the visionary words of Charles Bean caught my eye: 'Here is their spirit, in the heart of the land they loved; And here we guard the record which they themselves made'.

This was my first visit to Canberra and the Australian War Memorial.

It will be an experience that will stay with me for a long time to come.

My study tour was made possible through the 2009 RSL Youth Development Program, with the support of the Moura RSL Sub-Branch.

This program, also supported by Bond University, is an outstanding chance for young people, especially in regional and rural areas, to develop projects in the areas of academic achievement, sporting achievements or community leadership and civic participation.

For me the program provided an opportunity to extend my knowledge and skills in the areas of history, research and leadership.

My time at the Australian War Memorial and in Canberra, reinforced my belief in the value of learning lessons from history.

At the Australian War Memorial more than 102,000 names, inscribed in bronze on the Roll of Honour, record our nation's war dead.

Poppies, the flower of remembrance and symbol of sacrifice, are placed on the Roll of Honour by family and friends of the fallen.

This seemingly never-ending list of names and blood-red poppies, is a haunting reminder of the true cost of our freedom today.

The Australian War Memorial makes dramatic use of multi-media, light and sound shows and stories of bravery to captivate visitors. …

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