Youth vigil to honour 100 years of sacrifice

Meet some of the young people preparing for this year's ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigil.

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This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 45 - April 2014.

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Local youth will gather at Edwardstown Soldiers’ Memorial Garden on Thursday, 24 April to honour the people who fought for their country at a public ceremony which will also mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1.

Representatives aged 13 to 18 from service organisations, including the Australian Air Force Cadets, Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club and Plympton/Kurralta Park Girl Guides will stand guard in 30-minute shifts throughout the night leading up to the ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

In addition to recognising 100 years since the beginning of what became known as the “War to end all Wars” which claimed the lives of more than 60,000 Australian and over 18,000 New Zealand service personnel, the event will acknowledge the sacrifice of those who have fought in subsequent conflicts ranging from Vietnam to Afghanistan. 

City Limits April 2014 - Anzac DayThe ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigil will begin with an official ceremony at 8.30pm featuring the mounting of the Honour Guard, an address by a representative from the armed forces, the laying of tokens of remembrance, the reading of the Ode and the Last Post.

Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis said the vigil, which is in its sixth year, is a moving event that highlights the positive qualities of young people.

“The ceremony and overnight vigil is an important opportunity for young people to honour the men and women who fought for their country,” Dr Lewis said.

“I invite everyone to participate in what will be a moving ceremony and pay tribute to the ANZACs while supporting the young people standing vigil.”

Cadet Warrant Officer Liam Ricketts and Cadet Under Officer Samual Chidley from the Australian Air Force Cadets are among those working on preparations for the vigil.  

“The vigil helps young people connect with the ANZAC legacy and get a greater appreciation for their role in our history,” Mr Childey, 17, said.

“The Australian Air Force Cadets will be helping other service groups form an Honour Guard in rotation throughout the night.

“This will be my second all-night vigil and it’s a privilege to be involved and join in an event with so many young people from other service groups.”

The event will have special significance for 17-year-old Abbey Holland of Plympton/Kurralta Park Girl Guides.

“My grandfather fought in New Guinea so I feel I am doing something for him by standing vigil,” she said.

“Being part of the vigil is a wonderful way to respect the ANZACs and I will put the experience of it towards my Queen’s Guide Award.”

The ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigil is being organised by Marion Council in conjunction with the Australian Air Force Cadets, Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club, Plympton/Kurralta Park Girl Guides, St John’s Ambulance, Darlington Scouts, the City of Marion Youth Advisory Committee and Edwardstown RSL. 

ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigil

Venue: Edwardstown Soldiers’ Memorial Garden (next to the bowling club), Raglan Parade, Edwardstown
Date: Thursday, 24 April 2014
Time: Ceremony from 8.30pm to 9pm

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