National Sorry Day Commemoration to be held this weekend in Orange

Orange Council

National Sorry Day Commemoration will be held on Sunday 26 May at 10am in the South Court, in front of the Orange City Library.

Each year, National Sorry Day commemorates the Stolen Generations and supports the ongoing efforts towards reconciliation. Orange Mayor Jason Hamling said that it is critical to continue to commemorate the horrifying legacy of the forcible removal of First Nations children, and the impact that this event still has on generations to this day.

“This commemoration is also an opportunity for all Australians to learn about our shared histories,” Cr Hamling said. “The day provides a chance for people to come together in the healing process for the Stolen Generations who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.”

The Reflection Ceremony will begin with a Welcome to Country, followed by a Smoking Ceremony held by Dale Carr. The flame from the smoking will light the Flame of Hope. Deputy Mayor Gerald Power will also give a speech during the commemoration.

“The flame is about bringing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together as a symbol of unity, healing and reconciliation,” Cr Power said. “This commemoration is also about acknowledging the strength of Stolen Generation survivors and playing a part in the healing process and in reconciling with the past for a brighter future.”

After the commemoration, a morning tea will be held. Everyone is welcome to attend this public event.

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