Dress ‘disappears’ on Australia Day in honour of Australian troops killed overseas
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A fashion-filled festival is being held in Sydney’s south, and in the name of the brave servicemen and women who fought in wars overseas, thousands of Australians are wearing their favourite fashions in the city’s fashionable Sydney Fashion Week.
Read moreAt the first ever Sydney Fashion Festival, the nation’s first and only Australian-run fashion event, people are dressed up in everything from colourful headdresses to colourful hats, all inspired by Australian history.
It’s the culmination of a decade of campaigning by the Australian Defence Force to raise awareness of the soldiers who served overseas, and many people are wearing the same fashios, which include military insignias, as well as traditional Victorian styles.
“We were in a war and we had to wear our colours and we were patriotic,” said a student from Sydney’s Hyde Park who was in the crowd for the event.
“It’s all very Australian.
There’s something very Australian about that.
It’s not about having a dress on.”
The Sydney Fashion Weeks, which are open to all students, are also the biggest Australian event to feature a military theme.
It was started by the Defence Forces in 2008, with the aim of creating a cultural and cultural connection between Australia and the Australian military.
The event has grown in size over the years and attracted thousands of people from across the country.
There are about 500 military-themed events each year, and this year’s event is expected to draw about 500,000 people.
There’s a strong presence of Australian soldiers in the military, with about 1,200 Australians serving overseas.
“The Defence Force was very keen to promote this,” said Victoria’s Chief of Defence Force, Colonel David O’Connell.
“I think this is a really good idea to have a really big event and a really important one.”
The Defence Forces said there are about 1.5 million Australian soldiers on the Australian battlefield, and the soldiers are not just doing their job.
“They are very, very involved in the community, they are involved in community affairs and they are really active in community events,” said Col O’Connell.
The Defence force has also partnered with the NSW Government to create a special fund to raise money for those who have lost a family member.
“There are people that are in this world that are really special and that we’ve lost and they deserve to have this kind of a memorial and a place where we can come together and remember them and remember the service they have done for this country,” Col O. said.
Col O’Connors brother, Brigadier Michael O’Connor, was in uniform for many years and said the Defence Force’s event was a way of recognising those who served in Australia’s armed forces.
“When I was in school, we were taught that we weren’t supposed to wear a uniform because it was an occupation,” he said.
“So this is just a way to pay tribute to the men and women that have gone through this.”
Hopefully people will feel a sense of pride and pride in what we’ve done and how we’ve worked and how much we’ve helped in this country.
“It’s a fitting tribute to Australian soldiers who fought overseas, particularly those who died in Afghanistan.”
These guys had a lot of courage,” Brigadier O’Coly said.
Topics:war-and-politics,sydney-2000,syDNS-2515,syda-2083First posted March 02, 2019 19:04:59Contact Emily O’BrienMore stories from New South Wales
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