Local indigenous soldiers were honoured at Deniliquin's NAIDOC Week ceremony on Thursday.CASS SAVELLIS July 16, 2014 9:00am
Rhonda Atkinson, Lois Briggs, Jeanette Crew, Mayor Lindsay Renwick, David Crew, Alec and Amy Doomadgee and Jennifer Townsend.
Deniliquin celebrated National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week on Thursday with a ceremony and barbecue.
This year’s NAIDOC Week theme — ‘Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond’ — was marked with an official ceremony at the Deniliquin cenotaph in Cressy St.
The theme honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country – from warriors in the Frontier Wars to warriors who have served in Australia’s military conflicts.
Local indigenous community members placed commemorative wreaths at the war cenotaph and Nyerna Reconciliation Group chairperson Jennifer Townsend addressed a crowd of about 70 people.
Special guests Mayor Lindsay Renwick and Deniliquin RSL Club Sub-branch vice president Murry Druitt showed their support of the occasion, while Yarkuwa indigenous community links worker Tracy Hamilton said the day was a success.
‘‘The feedback we received was good. A lot of people enjoyed it.’’
The day’s activities culminated with a barbecue lunch in the Waring Gardens hosted by Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre, Deniliquin Local Aboriginal Land Council and Nyerna Reconciliation Group.
■ more photos and details in Friday’s edition.
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