Sally holds the Assumption School cross she made on her visit to Villers-Bretonneux.
Sally holds the Assumption School cross she made on her visit to Villers-Bretonneux.

Anzac Award winner reflects on sacred trip

COMMEMORATING her great great great uncle’s military service has taken Sally Higgins on the trip of a lifetime.

The Assumption College student and Premier’s Anzac Prize winner recently returned to Warwick from her trip to Gallipoli and the Western Front, which she said was “the best three weeks of my life”.

“The dawn service in Gallipoli was a really special event,” Sally said.

“The atmosphere felt sacred and sort of reverent, with people standing silently reading the powerpoints of the epitaphs with names of fallen soldiers.”

Inspired by the shrine to fallen soldiers at St Patrick’s school in Allora, Sally said she was proud to be one of the young ambassadors of the Anzac tradition.

“We travelled around Normandy in France and I was able to commemorate my great, great, great uncle Charles Henry Brand at Anzac Cove,” she said.

“He survived Gallipoli and battles on the Western Front and retired back to Australia as a Major General so it was really emotional to be able to reflect not only on his but the service of other Australians.

“The most emotional for me was paying tribute Timothy Lynam, one of the shrine soldiers, and while it was special to give the spiritual commemoration for my uncle, that was the first time I had been right where one of the soldiers is actually buried.

“It was great to be among other young people who all wanted to keep the Anzac tradition alive, and I’m already planning my next trip to the Menin Gate where five more shrine soldiers fought.”

Sally will soon return to St Patrick’s school to talk about her trip with students.



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