Australian Air Force Cadet, Cadet Flight Sergeant Felicity West, had the honour of joining the Australian Defence Force contingent to pay her respects during the Centenary of ANZAC, on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey earlier this year.
After a competitive application process, Felicity was selected to represent the Australian Air Force Cadets at the annual ANZAC pilgrimage. “I am absolutely honoured and touched to be representing such an amazing organisation in one of Australia’s most important milestones. I still can’t believe that I will be standing there, where our brave heroes sacrificed all for our country,” said Felicity.
Felicity spent a week travelling and rehearsing with the Australia’s Federation Guard. During her travels she was moved when recalling a banner on the ferry she was riding with the words “Peace is Possible”. But it was the ancient fort guarding the narrows into the Dardanelles and larger than life figure of a Turkish soldier carved into the hillside with the translated inscription “Traveller halt! The soil you tread, once witness the end of an era” that leaves a lasting impression.
Felicity had the privilege of presenting a wreath to the Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Tony Abbott MP during the ANZAC Day Dawn and Lone Pine Services.
Since 2005 the Cadet Sergeant Eleanore “Ellie” Tibble Memorial Pilgrimage Scholarship has provided a senior cadet the opportunity to travel to Gallipoli and further their understanding of ANZAC tradition and to take part in the Remembrance services.