Multicultural Youth unite to mark ANZAC sacrifice
More than 400 young people from a range of community groups will participate in a youth vigil tonight at the War Memorial ahead of the ANZAC Day Centenary dawn service.
Among those taking part in this growing local tradition will be young representatives from local Irish and Polish community groups, and young South Australians with Liberian, Tongan, Vietnamese, Filipino, Indian, Ukrainian and Burmese heritage.
Acting Youth and Multicultural Affairs Minister Tony Piccolo said that young people from diverse cultural communities will lay wreaths and place war books on the steps of the Adelaide War Memorial.
"The books symbolise the stories of Australians who gave their lives, and these young people are learning how the ANZAC tradition belongs to all Australians, no matter our age or cultural heritage," Mr Piccolo said.
"The ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil has continued to grow in significance and numbers since it was first commemorated in 2000.
"The ANZAC tradition is part of our shared identity so it is most important that young people with diverse cultural heritage are introduced to the commemoration in a meaningful way – especially in this centenary year.
"Youth Vigils will be held around the state tonight as other communities show their respect for our ANZAC heroes."
The youth vigil is organised by the Returned and Services League South Australia Branch and is supported by Multicultural SA.
After the service the books will be donated to South Australian school libraries.
For more information about the ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil visit rslsa.org.au