A group of eight Indigenous Australians will make history on the weekend when they travel to Gallipoli to perform the first ever ceremony dedicated to fallen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander troops during World War One.
The group has been rehearsing for the past few months with renowned Indigenous dance company Bangarra.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were not permitted to enlist in WWI and were not legally seen as citizens. Despite this, many enrolled using fake names and falsifying their heritage.
The bravery shown by these soldiers has become legendary and Lance Corporal Laurence Robertson, who is headed to Gallipoli, says he hopes to do them justice.
"I think I will be at peace with myself after I do this, it's an amazing honour bringing these men back home."
The group leaves Australia on Sunday and will perform the ceremony next week. It's believed the Governor General Peter Cosgrove will be attendance. They will also return soil from the locations they believe Indigenous soldiers fell during the Gallipoli campaign..
Allan Clarke is an Indigenous Affairs Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.
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