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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 21 May 2016
NEWS 8 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 21 MAY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM The Australian War Memorial in Canberra. PHOTO: NEWS.NAVY.GOV.AU Australian War Memorial tops Travellers’ Choice Awards Almost 75 years on from its opening, those behind the memorial now have another reason to be proud The Australian War Memorial has put Canberra on the world map, with the city now home to the South Pacific's number one attraction according to TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards 2016. The accolade comes ahead of the shrine and world-class museum's 75th anniversary, and as it prepares to mark the significant anniversaries of the Western Front and Vietnam. Memorial director Dr Brendan Nelson was overjoyed by the news, attributing the achievement to the ongoing commitment of both staff and volunteers. "I'm immensely proud of the staff and volunteers here at the Australian War Memorial," said Dr Nelson. "It's their dedication, care and hard work that helps us remember, interpret, and share the stories of those who have lost their lives in service of this country." While most visitors to the memorial expect to leave with greater knowledge surrounding the Australian nation at war, the director says that the overall experience is about much more than that. "The Australian War Memorial is a paradox. There is much, much more here than war; it's a place of love and friendship. Love of family and of country, honouring those who devoted their lives not to themselves but to us, and their last moments to one another. "What they (visitors) often leave with, however, is a deeper understanding of Australia as a nation," adds Dr Nelson. The Australian War Memorial was officially opened on Remembrance Day, 11 November 1941 in honour of all Australians who sacrificed their lives at war. Over the years, its presence has helped both locals and foreigners remember, interpret, and understand Australia's involvement in war, and its enduring impact on society. More than 140,000 students from Australia and abroad visit the site each year, while 132 volunteers lend their services and knowledge. For information about visiting the Australian War Memorial, go to www.awm.gov.au/visit Australian Hellenic Memorial School Competition open for Melbourne The Australian Hellenic Memorial in Melbourne's Domain Gardens has been built with the support of the Australian, Hellenic and Victorian governments to symbolise the respect and love towards the 841 Anzac children who remain forever under Greek soil. "It stands beside the Shrine of Remembrance for the mutual faith and dedication of Greeks and Australians to the ideals of democracy and freedom, as well as the bonds of blood and friendship developed on the battle fields," Steve Kyritsis OAM, president of the Australian Hellenic Memorial Committee in Melbourne tells Neos Kosmos. "The artefact aims to teach future generations the importance of cooperation and mutual respect of the two countries as it acknowledges the sacrifice of Greek servicemen that served and died, and those civilians who risked their lives helping Australian, British and New Zealand soldiers to safety at the time. "Hence, the result of the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation committee's hard work and dedication since 1992 stands beside the Shrine of Remembrance," Mr Kyritsis emphasises. The Memorial Committee is holding its seventh student competition, open to all 126 schools in Victoria where the Greek language is taught. The competition, which is supported by the Melbourne Greek Consul for Educational Affairs, is for all school age groups, and prizes range from $50 to $250 cash. All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation and a badge commemorating the bonds between Australia and Greece. "Participants are to reflect on the history of the Greek campaign of World War II, on the ongoing efforts of Australian Hellenes to honour the two countries' connections. "Students can submit drawings or paintings, poems, essays or even interviews with veterans focusing on what went down in Crete, Macedonia and Lemnos," Mr Kyritsis explains. Submissions should be based on the following: - What does the Australian Hellenic Memorial represent? - Names of Australian he- roes who were killed in Greece and/or the leaders of the Greek campaign - The memories of eyewitnesses - The role of Australian forces in Greece - Significant battle sites in Greece - The role of Lemnos in World War One There are four categories, each having two alternative presentation methods per student entry according to year level. - Years 1-3: students can submit a drawing or a painting - Years 4-6: drawing or poem - Years 7-9: essay or poem - Years 10-12: essay or interview with a veteran No group entries are permitted, while each student may submit only one entry in one of the above catego- ries. A cover sheet must be attached to all entries providing the information requested. Entries without a cover sheet will not be assessed. Assessment criteria: - Student's age - Originality of work. Credit will be given to innovative work and means of expression. Any student entries showing evidence of plagiarism or that someone else other than the student created the work will be disqualified. Before disqualifying a particular student entry there will be an investigation of the possibility of the student having a highly-developed artistic talent - The assessment panel is looking for initiative, accuracy, sources with references, relevance, and where possible involvement of the 39ers and other Greek campaign veterans - If the student entry is an essay, poem or interview it will be assessed according to its content, comprehension of the topic, presentation and coherence of the work, as well as its articulation, expression, punctuation and structure. Where the entry incorporates writing it can be in either English or Greek - All entries will be marked out of 100 The competition is now open and will close on Friday 19 August. Winners will be announced and awards will take place on Sunday 11 September 2016 at the Memorial. For further information contact Mr Peter Andrinopoulos 0416 020 865 or Mr Manny Karvelas 0400 629 597.
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