Darwin teens Jack Lake and Amy Chittick both agree: at the dawn service in Gallipoli next month, they’ll probably cry.
The duo are two of four Northern Territory high school students who will travel to Turkey for an extended study tour ahead of the Anzac centenary on April 25.
The group was farewelled at Robertson Barracks in Darwin on Thursday.
Amy Chittick’s brother serves in the Army in Queensland, and she said the pilgrimage to Gallipoli was one she’s wanted to make since she was little.
“I’ve attended every dawn service in Darwin and watched the Gallipoli dawn service on TV,” she said.
“It’s been my dream so I’m very thankful to be living it.”
She said she would likely be overcome by emotion once the group finally stood at Anzac Cove.
Juliette Parsons, 15, said remembering World War I was also about recognising qualities in the diggers that continue to be important today, such as resilience, courage and egalitarianism.
“During that time, and definitely afterwards, a picture was painted of what those diggers were like, and that was from solid proof and from an image (authorities) curated for the people back in Australia to give some meaning to what was a pretty horrible defeat,” she said.
“But what we know is there was … some amazing actions in Gallipoli and that has played an incredibly important part of shaping Australia today.”
The commander of the 1st Brigade, Brigadier Mick Ryan, said the trip was an affirmation “that the next generation is interested in our history and keen to carry on the tradition of not just Anzacs but the contributions of all Australians in war since 1901”.
All the students will lay a Rising Sun badge at the cenotaph at Lone Pine during the ceremony to connect today’s 1st brigade with those who fought there 100 years ago.
“It’s about the emotional connectivity these kids will have with Australians back in the early 1900s who fought for the nation,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.
© AAP 2015