Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have served in virtually every conflict and peace keeping mission in which Australia has participated since the start of last century .
This year marks the 100th anniversary of what is arguably one of the worst years in our nation’s history…. where Australian troops suffered massive casualties on the Western Front in France and Belgium.
Sadly, for many of the “black diggers”…their involvement and sacrifice was not officially recognised.
Garry Oakley… a Gundungurra man from Katoomba is the National President of the Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander Veterans and Services Association…
He’s talking with Paul Wiles.