La Salle student wins competition honouring soldiers’ service and sacrifice


Csanad Horvath receives a plaque from |Department of Veteran Affairs’ Simon Lewis.
Csanad Horvath receives a plaque from |Department of Veteran Affairs’ Simon Lewis.

LA Salle College Year 9 student Csanad Horvath has won a national competition to commemorate Australia’s Vietnam War veterans and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Csanad won the Federal Government’s Honouring Australian Vietnam Veterans Competition, which was open to students from years 9 to 11.

Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt said Csanad was a worthy winner. “The judges were impressed with Csanad’s entry, which explored the roles of the 9th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment and 9 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force during the Vietnam War.

“As Australia honours the men and women who served in Vietnam, it is essential that future generations learn about this important chapter in our history.”

Csanad took part in commemorative events in Canberra, and received a plaque and certificate from Department of Veterans Affairs secretary Simon Lewis.

Almost 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam from 1962 until 1975, 521 lost their lives and more than 3000 were wounded.