Since our Inception, The Australian Community has held a commemoration for the Ten Australians who perished on September 11, 2001.
On September 15, 2018 we again commemorated these fallen Australians with a flag raising ceremony at Bowling Green in NYC.
The Full Video
Welcome and a Brief History of Bowling Green
Amanda Bishop singing Advance Australia Fair
Amelia Cormack singing Star Spangled Banner
James Boland reading the Eulogy for the Ten Australians
Nick Atkinson reading My Country
The reading of The Ode by Sarah Henderson, the names of the Ten Australians by Ava Newman, and Ben McHugh singing True Blue
The day’s program consisted of Australians Amanda Bishop singing Advance Australia Fair and Amelia Cormack singing The Star Spangled Banner, followed by Nick Atkinson reading My Country.
After the saying of The Ode, the Australian flag was raised by ten flag bearers, to represent the Australians who each lost their lives on that tragic day.
This was followed by Ben McHugh singing True Blue.
The names of the Ten Australians:
As is the tradition, there was a short march to Beckett’s on Stone Street where members mixed, shared their New York experiences, and made new friends.
Given the cultural and historical significance of the occasion, The Australian Community will host a flag raising ceremony each year on the Saturday immediately following September 11 at noon to commemorate these Ten Australians.
Below is a copy of the Eulogy for the Ten Australians:
On November 11, 1993 The Hon. P.J. Keating MP, delivered a eulogy for the Unknown Australian Soldier that is regarded as amongst the most memorable speeches ever given by an Australian Prime Minister.
In it he spoke to the ANZAC legend: “A legend of free and independent spirits whose discipline derived less from military formalities and customs, than from the Bonds of Mateship and the demands of necessity.”
Today we gather together as a community to honor that same ANZAC tradition by commemorating the Ten Australians who perished on September 11, 2001 just a few hundred meters from where we stand.
We honor these Ten Australians through the raising of our National Flag and reflecting on what it truly means to be an Australian.
However, unlike the Unknown Soldier;
We know these Ten Australians’ names and we always will.
We know where they were born, and precisely how and when they died.
We know where they had made their homes.
We know their age and their circumstances – whether they were from the city or the bush; their occupation; what religion, if they had a religion; if they were married or single.
We know whom they loved and who loved them.
If they had children we know who they are.
They are not lost to us, nor are they lost to their families.
We will always remember who these Australians were.
Unlike the Unknown Australian Soldier whose anonymity shields us from the circumstances of his death, all of us witnessed the terror these Australians endured in their final moments.
For those who still find it too painful to watch the images of that fateful day, we are yet compelled by the same Bonds of Mateship and the demands of necessity to remember these fallen Australians in a tradition that has continued for more than a century.
In doing so we set aside our personal challenges, and remind ourselves of the core values of being an Australian.
Borrowing also from the words of M. Kemal Ataturk speaking to the families of the Johnnies who perished on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915:
They are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Wipe away your tears, they are at peace.
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