The ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil Ceremony is a youth inspired activity that has become the first ceremony of remembrance of ANZAC Day.
With differing backgrounds and interests, young Australians representing a variety of service and community groups, conduct a formal ‘Holding Ground’ Ceremony (a night-long, guard of honour around the historic War Memorial on North Terrace) from 6.00 pm to 6.00 am between ANZAC Eve and ANZAC Morning. In doing so, they have created their own ANZAC Day tradition. Just prior to dawn the youth guards step down and the Dawn Service follows.
The Anzac Eve Youth Vigil stems from the military tradition of ‘holding ground’ whereby a reconnaissance patrol would find and hold strategic position in preparation for the arrival of their army. This would often involve an all-night vigil, keeping awake on watch, alert that the area of battle is secured against threat.
Young people from many organisations including Scouts Australia, Guides SA, Legion of Frontiersmen, Surf Lifesaving SA, State Emergency Services, Country Fire Service, Australian Air Force Cadets, St John Ambulance, Australian Army Cadets, SA Police Rangers, Australian Navy Cadets, Girls Brigade SA Inc and Boys Brigade SA Inc participated in the City vigil. Each year the participants are pleased to welcome representatives of the Aboriginal Community who, with the Turkish community, are invited to lay the first wreath.
Please spread the word amongst Units and Venturers, as we would like many Venturers to attend. Venturers attending and Leaders helping will be required to be in full Scout uniform (i.e. navy top and stone/sand coloured trousers/shorts, and black/dark brown shoes; Please no previous khaki uniforms).