More than 40 young people from 15 culturally diverse backgrounds took part in the annual ANZAC Day Eve Youth Vigils at four Adelaide locations this year.
Young people from backgrounds including American, Canadian, Cook Islander, Eastern Turkistani, Greek, Irish, Italian, Maltese, Polish, Scottish, Serbian, Somali, Tongan, Ukrainian and Vietnamese placed commemorative tokens at the State National War Memorial in North Terrace and on memorials at Blackwood, Marion and Morphett Vale.
Young people from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Girl Guides, Scouts, Emergency Services, St John Ambulance and other service groups mounted a guard at the war memorials, changing every few minutes, until the dawn service the following morning.
The Youth Vigils, the brainchild of the Returned and Services League’s Bill Denny, began in Adelaide four years ago.
The Vigils provide an opportunity for young people to acknowledge all those who gave their lives in the service of their country.
Some of the culturally diverse background youth who attended the State National War Memorial Youth Vigil included Angela Caruana, Olivia Aquilina, Tessa Marie Agius, Brianna Cassar, Joanna Eleftheriou, Kerry Darzanos, Georgina Watson, Kelsey Tonkin, Tamara Stanisavljevic, Monika Markovic, Peter Roush, Alison Roush, Itinga Maurangi, Khalif Mohamed, Abdirahman Ibrahim, Ella Cousins, Aliona King, Rachael Fangaloka, Teisa Ikahihifo, Uyghur Abdulla and Munawar Abdulla.