Charleville student's Anzac honour
RESIDENTS who attended Charleville's Anzac Day dawn service last week had their eyes transfixed on the red-lit cenotaph, presentation of wreaths and moving videos projected onto Town Hall.
Their ears were open to the words of a speech that brought about reflection and the reality of western Queenslander heroics at the battle of Beersheba in Israel.
That speech was written and presented by Year 10 student Jennie Le.
Ms Le, who hails from Vietnam, has lived in Charleville for three years and attends Charleville State High School.
She is currently studying for her future IELTS (English proficiency examination) tests but at last week's dawn service her speech - a Year 9 humanities assignment she wrote last year - brought Anzac Day commemorations and reflections back 100 years to the light horse infantry fighting in Beersheba.
"I was really nervous about doing the speech,” Ms Le said.
"It is such an honour to make a contribution for our country.”
Locals only saw the finished product, a speech that tied together why and what Australians reflect
and remember every April 25.
"It took me two weeks to collect information and do research,” Ms Le said.
"It took me another two weeks to get the final copy finished.”
The 2016 junior school captain said she never expected to present the assignment as a speech, not least of all at an Anzac Day dawn service.
Her humanities teacher Bernie Matthews suggested Ms Le present the dawn service speech.
"I feel very thankful for Mr Matthews and the RSL to give me that opportunity,” Ms Le said.
"I'm glad that I did it fluently.”
For now, Ms Le will continue to focus on her study in a town she said has welcomed her and her family thanks to the friendly and supportive locals.
"It makes me feel like I'm at home,” Ms Le said.