Multicultural youth commemorate ANZAC Day
-Multicultural youth commemorate ANZAC Day
More than 13 different culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) will be represented at this year's ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigil.
The vigil is a special ceremony held on the eve of ANZAC Day each year, organised by the Returned and Services League (RSL), at the South Australian National War Memorial on North Terrace from 7pm.
Chairman of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC) and Lieutenant Governor, Mr Hieu Van Le AO says it is a privilege for young people to be involved in such an event.
"This vigil is an opportunity for youth, including many from CALD backgrounds, to recognise those who gave their lives in the service of this country," Mr Le said.
"As part of the event, pairs of young people, from diverse backgrounds including Burmese, Scottish, Indian and Vietnamese, will place books as tokens of remembrance on the War Memorial.
"The young people involved will wear their national dress and those who choose to, will also wear their ancestors' medals.
"These books are about the ANZAC spirit and what it means to live in a culturally diverse country like Australia.
"They are a symbol of our commitment to celebrating diversity and acknowledging the importance of inclusion and understanding to a peaceful society.
"After ANZAC Day, members of SAMEAC and the RSL will visit a number of selected schools to speak to students on the importance of cultural diversity and celebrating difference.
"The books will then be donated to school libraries for future students to read and enjoy.
This year will be the eighth year CALD background youth have participated in the Youth Vigil in South Australia.
Visit www.rslsa.org.au for more information about the ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigil and other ANZAC Day events.