ANZAC Day 2017 in Redfern – honour, recognition, respect

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The 11th Redfern ANZAC Day March and Commemorative Service took place this year in the presence of the Governor of New South Wales David Hurley (a former General) and other dignitaries and with participation by many representatives and individuals from Aboriginal, Islander, Maori, Jewish and other communities.

A photographic exhibition highlighting the military service of Aboriginal and Islander men and women was opened at Redfern Community Centre and will move to Canberra later this year.

Pastor Ray Minniecon wore his grandfather’s Light Horse uniform because 31 October this year will be the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba, the final phase of which was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba, the capture of which enabled British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza on 7 November and advance into Palestine.

All photographs are published with kind permission of David Hufton Photography.

 

Pastor Ray Minniecon in his grandfather’s Light Horse uniform

Col. Ian Langford gave the main address at the memorial ceremony

 

Col. Ian Langford with Warrant Officer Cl.1 Colin Watego, commander of the parade

 

Exhibition honouring the military service of   indigenous veterans is launched at Redfern Community Centre

 

The Glen Dancers performed traditional dances and marched in the parade

 

The tradition continues

 

‘Lest we forget’

A centenary commemoration of the charge of the Australian 4th Light Horse in the battle of Beersheba will be held in Israel later this year. Donations towards sending indigenous veterans to that event are being collected by the Rona Tranby Trust.

And see: The heroic Jewish Anzacs of World War One

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