Eight young Western Australians have been selected for a state-funded tour of Belgium and France to mark the Centenary of Armistice.

The group of young people have a combined enthusiasm for military history, a passion for discovering and re-tracing family connections and strong leadership and teaching skills.

It is these shared passions that brought together the five women, including two Aboriginal women, and three men in the group, who will gain valuable insights into the meaning of mateship and the Anzac spirit.

The group’s 10-day tour of the battlefields of Belgium and France will start in Paris on 3 November, and includes attendance at the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux on 11 November.

The tour is designed to bolster young Western Australians’ knowledge of, and engagement with, the social, economic and personal implications of the First World War and of the Armistice that signalled its end.

The group members are: Lauren Barrie, 22 of Byford; Stefaan Bruce-Truglio, 25 of Carramar; Enfys Jerwood, 23 of Shelley; Kate Marshall, 25 of Beeliar; Natasha Meston, 23 of Woodlands; Steven Morganti, 22 of Henley Brook; Rufus Morse, 24 of East Fremantle; and Karwin Murray, 22 of Brookdale.

The tour, which has been coordinated by the Department of Communities, is part of a series of initiatives developed to recognise the centenary and honour those who served in the First World War. More information is available at www.communities.wa.gov.au/armistice.

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