2019 Veterans Commemorative Service

On Friday 31 May, educators from Catholic Education’s Jarara Indigenous Education Unit accompanied a large group of students to the Hyde Park ANZAC Memorial for the annual Indigenous Veterans Commemoration Ceremony around the Pool of Reflection.

Conducted by the NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Veterans and Services Association, the ceremony commemorated the service and sacrifice of Indigenous veterans who have fought for Australia in every major conflict since the Boer War.

The students were part of a traditional Smoking Ceremony in a beautifully serene and respectful service commemorating those veterans who were often overlooked upon their return.

Student representatives from the following schools were in attendance: Catherine McAuley Westmead; St Clare’s Catholic High School Hassall Grove; Xavier College Llandilo; Bede Polding College South Windsor; McCarthy Catholic College Emu Plains; Nagle College Blacktown; John Paul II Catholic College Schofields & Nirimba; St Mark’s Catholic College Stanhope Gardens; and St Andrews College Marayong.