Honoring First Peoples in the Australian Defence Force: A Tribute During NAIDOC Week

Commemorating First Peoples in the Australian Defence Force: A Tribute during NAIDOC Week

This week's Last Post Service holds a special significance as it pays homage to the profound service and sacrifices made by First Peoples in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This solemn occasion is part of the ongoing NAIDOC Week celebrations, highlighting the invaluable contributions of Indigenous Australians to the nation's armed forces.

The Last Post Service is a poignant ritual held weekly, taking place every Sunday at 4:45pm on the northern forecourt of the Shrine of Remembrance. It is a reverent ceremony that includes traditional bugle calls and the haunting melody of the bagpipes, evoking a sense of solemn remembrance. The Shrine Guard, adorned in historic uniforms, adds a solemn dignity to the proceedings.

Central to the service is the laying of wreaths, a symbolic gesture of respect and remembrance for those who have served and sacrificed. The recital of the Ode, a solemn vow to remember those who gave their lives, is followed by the lowering of the flags, a poignant moment signifying the end of the day.

All members of the community are warmly invited to join in this commemorative event. It offers an opportunity for reflection and gratitude, acknowledging the bravery and dedication of First Peoples who have served in the Australian Defence Force. Their contributions enrich the fabric of our nation's history and deserve recognition during this significant time.

The Last Post Service held on Sunday, July 7th, at 4:45pm, serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring legacy of courage and service among Australia's First Peoples. It stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment and sacrifice in defending our country's values and freedoms.

We welcome everyone to participate in this solemn tribute and to honor the indelible mark left by First Peoples in the story of Australia's defence and national identity.

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This week's Last Post Service honours the service and sacrifice of First Peoples in the Australian Defence Force, as part of NAIDOC Week.

The Last Post Service takes place every Sunday at 4.45pm on the Shrine's northern forecourt and includes bugle calls and piper, Shrine Guard in historic uniform, a wreath-laying, recital of the Ode and lowering of the flags.

All are welcome to join us in commemoration.

4.45pm Sunday 7 July