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2nd December 2014

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We have spoken with many Delegates and heard story, celebrations and coming together around recognition and remembrance. We had the pleasure today with speaking with Matthew Trynes, Australian Defence Force contact for the Serving Our Country project who stated:

“…Recognition comes first…many of these people enlisted at a time when they were not even classed as Australian citizens. This event is a healing, a chance to tell and share their stories, especially as a younger person to know that these guys were pioneers for the younger generation…those Elders past and present forged a way for us younger generation. As a ex-serviceman and as an Aboriginal man, I experienced some of this hardship and ignorance that people have had towards Indigenous servicemen and women, but I wouldn’t change my eight years that I served. I met some outstanding people who are still friends today. I pay homage to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples who have brought about change for our nation.”

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