Indige­nous soldiers recog­nised

Wanneroo Weekender - - Remembrance Day - Lucy Jarvis

INDIGE­NOUS soldiers will be re­mem­bered dur­ing the Ar­mistice cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions in Quinns Rocks this Sun­day.

Ernie Dingo will be the guest speaker at Quinns Rocks RSL’s Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice at the Quinns Rocks Sports Club.

Mr Dingo said many Abo­rig­i­nal men who went to war would not have oth­er­wise con­sid­ered get­ting a pass­port.

“They came back with ser­vice records; that too is like a badge of hon­our that they served,” he said.

“A lot of them went to war be­cause it was a sym­bol of man­hood.”

How­ever, he said those men faced chal­lenges be­fore they even reached the bat­tle­field be­cause they were not recog­nised as cit­i­zens of their own coun­try and many used fake names to en­list.

“The rea­son why they have gone away was to do some­thing for what they be­lieve in and make Aus­tralia a safer place,” he said.

As well as the em­pha­sis on recog­nis­ing Indige­nous soldiers, Quinns Rocks RSL hopes to re­cruit more peo­ple re­turn­ing from re­cent con­flicts and ser­vice.

Pres­i­dent Ke­nan Hu­seini is one of the youngest vet­er­ans in the sub-branch, hav­ing served as a medic in the Royal Aus­tralian Navy for 14 years, in­clud­ing stints in the Ara­bian Gulf af­ter Septem­ber 11, and in bor­der pro­tec­tion.

Mr Hu­seini said he joined the RSL “to give a bit back to vet­er­ans and to get in­volved” af­ter leav­ing the Navy in 2014.

“You get used to be­ing in­volved and all of a sud­den you are not when you leave,” he said.

Mr Hu­seini said most of the vet­er­ans were in their 70s or older and many served in World War II, the Viet­nam War or Korean War.

Quinns Rocks RSL will host its ser­vice at the Quinns Rocks Sports Club on Tap­ping Way from 10.45am on Novem­ber 11.

The ser­vice will in­clude a Wel­come to Coun­try by Geri Hay­den, Jon Wal­ley play­ing the didgeri­doo, a Last Post and minute of si­lence.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Ernie Dingo with Quinns Rock RSL pres­i­dent Ke­nan Hu­seini.

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