Troubled youth learn of Anzacs

A GROUP of Clarence Valley youths in need of guidance heard stories of hardship, courage and service at a special Anzac ceremony yesterday.

South Grafton RSL sub-branch secretary Bob Hayes discussed Anzac Day and ran the service at Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre.

He said Acmena offenders needed to be aware of the contribution of Australia's servicemen and women.

“It's important for everybody to know, it's part of our history,” he said.

Mr Hayes covered Australia's involvement in conflicts before World War One, the Gallipoli campaign and the Anzac ceremony traditions, as well as the contributions of indigenous Australians in conflicts.

He said it was interesting to learn that about 18 per cent of Australia's indigenous population served in conflicts up to the turn of the century, compared with only about nine per cent of the total population.

This was despite the fact Aborigines were not conscripted, nor were they considered full citizens for many years.

NSW Juvenile Justice Minister Graham West said learning about Australia's history and the Anzac tradition was an important part of the young offenders' rehabilitation.

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