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When:15 -29 July 2016
Key Highlights:
  • Guided battlefield tour
  • Attendance at Pozieres Commemoration Ceremony
  • Presentation by WW2 French Resistance
  • Attendance at Ravivage de la Flamme

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Pozieres

Pozieres - Legacy

Pozieres...Our Legacy 2016 tour is underway! 76 Young Australians, all of whom have suffered in some way through the loss of a family member because of their Australian Defence Force service, are immersing themselves in an educational study tour to the Western Front Battlefields.
Follow them on their journey here:
Day 1 - Sydney welcomes Pozieres - Our Legacy 2016 tour members!

The Pozieres - Our Legacy 2016 tour began with a morning tea at Government House, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial.


Day 3 - Arrive in Ypres/Ieper - service at Saint George's Memorial Church

Arriving in Ypres/Ieper, our first stop was Saint George's Memorial Service for a memorial service with Father Brian Llewellyn.
Ypres is a beautiful town and the start of our ten day adventure.



Day 4 - Tyne Cot cemetery, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde Ridge, Hill 60, Menin Gate

Participants well into their presentations on the lives of WWI soldiers.
The hardships our soldiers endured are resonating with this amazing young group and they are learning detailed information from our expert guide.
Legacy were honoured guests at the Menin Gate Last Post ceremony - a moving experience.



Day 5 - Fromelles, VC Corner, Pheasant Wood cemetery, Bullecourt

Continuing the exploration of the Western Front with a visit to Fromelles, VC Corner, Pheasant Wood and Bullecourt.
The participants are delving into details and really understanding the sacrifice made by our soldiers 100 years ago.



Day 6 - Pozieres and Amiens

It is really hitting home how many Australians lie below the ground around Pozieres.
This is sacred ground for Australia.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures the graves are perfectly maintained.
Lest We Forget.



Day 7 - Villers-Bretonneux and Hamel

It is really hitting home how many Australians lie below the ground around Pozieres.
This is sacred ground for Australia.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures the graves are perfectly maintained.
Lest We Forget.



Day 8 - Paris

The battlefields tour is finally complete. Everyone has learned a huge amount about Australia's involvement in the Western Front and the strong bonds between Australia and the towns and cities where Aussies served.
The group toured Paris - taking in the Louvre, a cruise on the Seine and a visit to Notre Dame.



Why Pozieres
World War One, and in particular the battlefields on the Western Front, is not only historic in nature but has also embedded a very strong and close relationship between France and Australia. The reason the battle of Pozieres was selected to commemorate is that Pozieres was an Australian Battle and was where Australian soldiers lost their innocence.
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Pozieres....Our Legacy 2016 Tour Song
The Pozieres....Our Legacy 2016 tour is delighted to announce the adoption of the song ‘Proud', by the band The Berrys, as its official song.


Read the story behind the song, and find out more about The Berrys here.

Tour Patron Mark Donaldson VC
“As a Legacy kid and strong supporter of the organisation I was very proud to accept the role as Patron of this very important and worthwhile project.

“There are a number of youths going whose dads served with me which just goes to strengthen my resolve to be involved and lend my support where I can.

“Giving these kids the opportunity to see firsthand the impact the Australians had on the Western Front and the sacrifices endured by the ANZACS will hopefully inspire them to be better citizens as well as carry the Torch of Legacy into the future.

“I truly believe that if it was not for the assistance of Legacy and their wonderful volunteers, things may have been very different for myself and my family.”
     

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