Youth to pay respects at vigil

YOUTH: Claire Gordon (Australian Army Cadets), Vaughn Masters (Whyalla Navy Cadets) and Gemma Todd (St John Cadets) will be participating in the Whyalla Anzac Eve Vigil.
YOUTH: Claire Gordon (Australian Army Cadets), Vaughn Masters (Whyalla Navy Cadets) and Gemma Todd (St John Cadets) will be participating in the Whyalla Anzac Eve Vigil.

Whyalla's youth will honour those Australian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for their country during the Anzac Eve Vigil from 6pm on April 24 to 6am on Anzac Day.

A variety of community youth groups will be paying their respects including the Army Cadets, Navy Cadets, St John's Cadets, Girl Guides and many more.

Whyalla Anzac Eve Vigil Committee Co-Chair Tracey Murray said the vigil reflects how much Anzac Day means to the youth of Whyalla.

"The veterans that are involved are blown away by the level of respect shown by the youth, they are so proud of them," she said.

"The youth have done dry nights, cold nights, wet nights, but they have always done their 12 hours. It's an amazing experience."

Adults provide support and guidance to the young people during the vigil, with the youth taking on the role of leaders.

Security on the night is provided by the State Emergency Service and SA Police while the Whyalla City Council are supporting the event.

"The council staff who have come down to the vigil have been quite surprised about what we have achieved," Ms Murray said.

"Many of the mayors have taken tours through our site and have been very supportive of the vigil."

Ms Murray said the committee hopes to continue adding youth groups to the vigil as the years go on.

"For the future of the vigil we need the kids to learn what needs to be done and work out better ways to do it than what we've got," she said.

"We welcome youth groups to come and have a look during the tribute-laying ceremony which will be held on April 24 at 6pm.

"Please come and have a look, it's an amazing spectacle."

Ms Murray asked that motorists passing through Bradford Street on the night be mindful of their speed to ensure the safety of the youth participating in the vigil.