Going to Gallipoli service
AN ALSTONVILLE woman has won a place in the Anzac Day Dawn Service ballot, giving her a chance to attend the service in Gallipoli in 2015.
Jane Bravery was overwhelmed to find she had been awarded a ticket to the 2015 Dawn Service in the first round of offers, announced on Tuesday.
The former Labor Government and the New Zealand Government decided to initiate a ballot process for the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli in 2015, following advice from the Turkish Government that they had capped attendance at 10,500 people.
The first round of ballot winners chosen out of the 42,273 applicants have now been announced, after the verification of the applicants' details including claims to the direct descendant and veteran categories.
Ms Bravery said receiving the news that she can attend the Dawn Service at Gallipoli was "a dream come true."
The daughter of a Second World War veteran and the partner of an Afghanistan veteran, attending the ceremony would mean a great deal to her.
Knowing a lot of returned soldiers and knowing the impact war has had on them, Ms Bravery said she found them inspiring.
Ms Bravery explained that she is almost finished a journalism and sociology degree and that a lot of her writing in her communications major focused on an interest in military identity and the impacts back on the home-front with returning soldiers.
Now looking into the possibility of being part of such a rare experience at Gallipoli (given she can get flights and accommodation), she can already tell how special the experience will be.
"I find the Anzac dawn service at Alstonville very moving, so I can imagine I'll be in tears," she said.
She's also been to a service at the Changi war site in Singapore and said she got quite emotional, so she can already imagine that she'll be "moved to tears" at Gallipoli.
"It is exciting, I'm just hoping and praying that I somehow find the money and get accommodation."