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The Northern Territory news Tue 25 Apr 2017



The Northern Territory news Tue 25 Apr 2017

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TUESDAY APRIL 25 2017 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA A GROUP of Territory school children are riding 127km on horseback through the Central Australian desert to honour indigenous World War I soldiers. The 36 students from the remote community of Ntaria embarked on the seven-day journey last week from Hermannsburg to Alice Springs, which culminates in an Anzac parade today. The Arrarnta Tribe Ride for Pride commemorates the role of Aboriginal diggers and the brumbies they used in the Light Horse Infantry during the 1914-1918 conflict. Ntaria School student Shei SINCE returning from the Vietnam War in 1968, Bob Pearce has never missed an Anzac Day. Each year the Leanyer resident attends the dawn service, then the march, where he holds the Vietnam Veterans Association Banner and catches up with mates at the RSL. This year he will do the same. The 71-year-old was a member of the 161 (Independence) Reconnaissance Squadron, and flew in helicopters doing recon work and saving injured soldiers. Mr Pearce, who was in the fire brigade, was called up for national service and spent about nine months in Vietnam. Its the only lottery Ive ever won, he said. One of the most poignant Anzac Days he remembers was walking arm in arm with his father, a WWII veteran and brother who also served in Vietnam. While Mr Pearce intended to go to Anzac Day celebrations for as long as he could, he hoped the spirit would live on in future generations. The last couple of years Ive been there, (to the dawn service) when the sun comes up and you look around theres a lot more younger people who come to find out what its all about, he said. The Anzac spirit, its going to live on forever, I think, it would be a shame if it didnt its an Australian tradition. Hoping to follow in Mr Pearces footsteps by serving the nation was 18-year-old Jack Paynter. A member of the Air Force Cadets for almost six years, he took pride in participating in the march and hoped to join the Air Force after he graduated high school. It's a great honour to carry on the tradition and I feel really excited as well, he said. I feel really honoured to wear the uniform in public. Ella Goss, 15, has been a cadet for three months and attended an Anzac Day school ceremony representing the group at Kormilda College yesterday. She said being a cadet had given her a wide range of skills. I thought they would be able to show me something that I wouldnt be able to get anywhere else whether that be teamwork, friendship, stuff like that, she said. Ella said she felt privileged to be able to march today. When you think about it youre standing in the place of someone who stood there a hundred years ago, but you feel really lucky to do it, she said. Hundreds were expected to march and even more to attend dawn services and the marches across the Territory. The dawn service in Darwin will commence at 6am at the Esplanade, the march at 9am down Knuckey St and past the RSL on Cavenagh St. The Palmerston dawn service, at Memorial Park was at 6am and the march 9.50am. Indigenous kids desert ride honours our vets la Rubuntja, 15, has been sleeping under the stars and camping with her fellow students and a dozen horses. I feel proud when I jump on, because before I didnt even know how to ride a horse, she said. We are respecting people that have passed on by fighting for us. This year is the biggest group since the programs inception in 2015, which is designed to boost attendance and school engagement. The course is open to all senior students from year 9 to year 12, who help train the wild brumbies as part of the schools employment pathways in rural operations, agriculture and tourism. This year weve had 90 per cent attendance, Ntaria School teacher and horse trainer Chris Barr said. Students get a sense of pride and self-confidence being involved, particularly when they see their efforts recognised by their families and the broader community, he said. Ntaria School principal Cath Greene said the project utilised the communitys popular horse culture to change attitudes about truancy. This program is so important for our students, it brings the whole community together and celebrates our indigenous servicemen past and present, Ms Greene said. LUCY HUGHES-JONES Ntaria students during the ride to honour our Diggers Picture: CHRISTINE ANSORGE Air Force Cadet Ella Goss, 15, pictured at Kormilda College, said she felt privileged to march today Picture: ELISE DERWIN Spirit burns bright in countrys future Judith Aisthorpe judith.aisthorpe@news.com.au WHATS ON DARWIN 6am - Dawn service at The Cenotaph on Esplanade. 7.30am - Church service at St Marys Cathedral in Smith St. 9am - CBD Anzac Parade 9.10am - F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft will fly over Darwin Cenotaph. PALMERSTON 6am - Dawn service at memorial park. 9.50am - Anzac march begins. 10am - Morning service.

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