Vietnam trip for war story students

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on November 17, 2017

SECONDARY students from across the state have been selected to tour Vietnam next year as part of the 15th annual Premier’s Anzac Student Tour.

Indigo Bew from Albany Senior High School and Megan McDougall from Denmark Senior High School are among 10 students who will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive and the battles of Coral and Balmoral from the Vietnam War overseas in April.

To be considered for the Anzac Tour, the girls submitted essays on family members who participated in the First and Second World Wars.

The students were told on Saturday about their successful applications.

“I was over the moon,” Indigo said.

“I really want to learn about Vietnam because that war impacted so many people in Australia, and there are Vietnamese refugees here who have influenced our culture.”

Indigo penned an essay about her great, great grandfather who was a stretcher bearer in the First World War, and received awards for his efforts.

“His kindness has inspired me and my family to give back to the community and do our best,” the year-nine student said.

Megan’s essay looked at her great grandfather who fought in the second world war.

“I wanted to look into his story and it was really interesting,” she said.

“He enlisted when he was 36, which is old to be in war.”

Indigo and Megan are keen to travel through the major cities in Vietnam and visit the museums and commemorative sites.