We have just returned from visiting 23 schools in France and Belgium. These schools are amongst 40 that have partnered with Australian schools to work on commemorative projects that showcase the impact of the First World War upon their respective communities.
Of course these wartime communities were very different. Communities along the Western Front were effectively the frontline, whereas in Australia communities waited for news of their loved ones fighting 12 000 km away ‘in some foreign land’.
The students and teachers involved in all countries have done some fantastic work, uncovered stories never before told and pledged to visit war graves, place a cross beneath a headstone and ask the question – ‘Who are you?’ Then our French and Belgian friends promise to adopt a grave, find out about this soldier and share his story with us.
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