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DEFGLIS will place rainbow wreaths at cenotaphs across Australia this ANZAC Day, to remember those who served in silence alongside their brothers- and sisters-in-arms.

At the first known attempt to commemorate LGBTI service men and women in 1982, members from the Gay Ex-Servicemen's Association were turned away from the Cenotaph in Melbourne by then RSL President Bruce Ruxton.


They along with other groups on the day, were laying a wreath to respect their fallen comrades.

The tradition of laying rainbow wreaths commenced in 2015 to remember the sacrifice of LGBTI service personnel.

This history of discrimination against LGBTI personnel required personnel to hide who they were.

Integrated into each rainbow wreath are pride colours and that make their dedication easily identifiable amongst the many wreaths that seek to remember the service and sacrifice of those who fought in wars - modern wars and those from the distant past.

Details of 2017 ANZAC Day wreath laying can be found here. 

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Images: Bottom three images of ANZAC Day 2016 by DEFGLIS

About the Author
Author: James Smith
James is the Secretary and the Communications Director for DEFGLIS. He has served as Communications Director since 2013.
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