Over the weekend the group participated in the centenary commemoration Dawn Service at Anzac Cove.
They visited Shell Green Cemetery, attended the Australian Memorial Service and laid a wreath at Lone Pine Cemetery. The students also toured the ancient city of Troy and visited the Canakkale Martyrs Memorial, Seddulbahir Fort, Ertugrul Cove and Cape Helles Memorial.
Today the Premier's Anzac Prize winners will visit Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Plugge's Plateau, Beach Cemetery, Quinn's Post Cemetery, 57th Regiment Memorial, Walker's Ridge Cemetery, The Nek and Chunuk Bair.
Photos of the Anzac Centenary Dawn Service and Lone Pine Memorial have been added to the gallery.
Reflections on Anzac Day
Sasha Brady and Josefine Ganko
Being at Anzac Cove for the centenary is a once in a lifetime opportunity, very few are privileged enough to witness such an event. After staying awake literally all night, the sight of thousands of Australians, who have travelled halfway across the world to commemorate fallen soldiers, made us proud to call ourselves Australian. Despite the freezing cold weather, lack of sleep, and less than desirable view of the ceremony, the mere sight of the lights shining upon the water of Anzac Cove, gave us chills, as we pictured the Anzacs paddling to shore exactly 100 years ago.
Speeches made by all present officials were both genuine and heartfelt, which was really a testament to the gravity of the event. None of us left unaffected.
What followed the Dawn Service, was a mass pilgrimage of Australians up Artillery Road to the Lone Pine service, a site which brought both of us near to tears.
The Lone Pine service had a special Australian focus, which spoke to us on an even more personal level. The beauty of the ceremony was palpable, as the steep hills of Gallipoli transcended into the ocean below.
Today was more than we could have ever expected, and a day we will surely remember for the rest of our lives.
Reflections on the day
Bailey Roth and Jack Hill
The day began with a morning visit to the ancient city of Troy, where we climbed inside the Trojan Horse and explored the ruins of the once alive and eccentric city. To delve deeper into the rich myth of Troy while discovering different sections of the city was an experience that can't be matched by reading a textbook. The phrase "the wind brought wealth to Troia" is the most prominent thing we took with us from the city, besides the countless miniature Trojan Horse replicas.
After visiting Troy in the morning, we moved on to our first official self-conducted ceremony at Canakkale Martyrs Memorial, where we commemorated the Turkish soldiers who also lost their lives during World War One. This was important to us as a group and as individuals as it recognised and solidified the peace and mutual friendship we now cherish with the Turkish people, which was something that was easily identified on the ferry rides between locations.
The day ended with us diving deeper into the history of World War One at Redoubt Cemetery, which was a sombre yet important visit, and the first of many to come.
The students will remember:
Shell Green Cemetery
Trooper Arthur Charles Homer 159K
Private William Turton 259K
Walker's Ridge Cemetery
Lieutenant John Powe Roberts 287K
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