Eden presence at Sydney indigenous commemoration

Pastor Ossie Cruse (left) and Flight Lieutenant Nerita Lewis represented Eden at an indigenous commemorative service in Sydney on ANZAC Day.

Pastor Ossie Cruse (left) and Flight Lieutenant Nerita Lewis represented Eden at an indigenous commemorative service in Sydney on ANZAC Day.

Eden was well-represented at a commemorative service to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women in Sydney on ANZAC Day.

Pastor Ossie Cruse from the Aboriginal Evangelical Church of Eden was invited to lay a wreath at the Redfern Park Memorial, before over 1000 people marched to The Block.

One of those marching was Flight Lieutenant Nerita Lewis from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), who grew up in Eden.

The march was followed by a remembrance ceremony at the Redfern Community Centre, which was also attended by guests including Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek and Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore.

“I was invited to lay the wreath by Pastor Ray Minniecon, who puts the whole thing on,” Ossie said.

“It was a special service to honour the indigenous soldiers, and there were a lot of people there, including the indigenous people of New Zealand representing the ANZACs.

“There were more than 1000 people marching down to The Block; the sun even came out just as they went.”

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