Community Engagement - ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil

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Emergency service youth maintain ANZAC spirit


The youngest members of the CFS and the SES took part in the eleventh ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil on Saturday, April 24. The ceremony took place at the South Australian State War Memorial on North Terrace.

Thirteen young people from the Williamstown, Weetulta/Nalyappa, Two Wells, Gumeracha, Eudunda, Kapunda and Brentwood CFS Brigades, and Edinburgh, Maitland and Port Lincoln SES Units, joined youth members of various other local volunteer organisations to brave the cold and wet conditions and recognise the legacy of ANZAC.

The ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil stems from the military tradition of 'Holding Ground' whereby a reconnaissance patrol would find and hold strategic position in preparation for the arrival of their army. This would often involve an all-night vigil, keeping awake on watch, alert that the area of battle is secured against threat.

This year young people from 13 different youth groups including CFS and SES cadets took part in performing various duties in the ceremony and throughout the night in the 12 hours leading up to the Dawn Service. They handed over to the Defence Force Catafalque Party at 6.00 am on Sunday morning, who in turn 'held ground' during the Dawn Service and the ANZAC Day March.

The icy wind and rain couldn't dampen the spirits of the cadets who attended the Youth Vigil, many of whom stood wearing family medals, and without sleep.

The young people were exceptional representatives for the formal ANZAC Eve ceremonies including laying tributes to the fallen, meeting State Governor His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, educating touring dignitaries on the symbolism of the monuments, standing guard, and delivering eloquent speeches to the assembled guests.

Another two ANZAC Eve Youth Vigils were held across the State at the Soldiers Memorial in Blackwood on Main Road and Coromandel Parade, and at the City of Onkaparinga Memorial Gardens on the corner of Flaxmill Road and Main South Road at Morphett Vale.

Congratulations to all the cadets who represented the CFS and the SES at the ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil and thanks go to the cadet leaders for their support and enthusiasm, and for making it possible for CFS and SES cadets to be involved in this important event.

CFS Anzac Eve Youth Vigil

CFS Chief Officer Euan Ferguson with CFS cadets at the ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil


SES Anzac Eve Uouth Vigil

SES Deputy Chief Officer Matt Maywald with cadets and cadet leaders at the State Vigil

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