Indian Anzacs remembered

The Hindu Council of Australia’s initiative to establish a Cenotaph to commemorate Indian soldiers’ sacrifices as Anzacs binds the Indian community closer to Australia, a testament that they share similar values for the sake of freedom. The Federal Member for Berowra, Julian Leeser, highlighted the close Australia-India ties at the commemoration function at Cherrybrook on April 23 that they had marched together in the past and would do the same in future.

The NSW Treasurer and Minister for Energy, Matt Kean, expressed similar sentiments for the Indian community that the Cenotaph was a reminder of the shared bond for two centuries. There were other dignitaries – Mayor for Hornsby Philip Ruddock, NSW Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism Steve Kamper (referred as a ‘visitor’ by Philip Ruddock!), local government councillors and Hornsby RSL president Rob Kennerley who provided the history of Indian participation in the World War.

There were hymns and prayers sung by various religious leaders and wreaths were laid by dignitaries and community representatives. Children added to the solemn spirit of the occasion by singing Australian and Indian National Anthems.

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