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Indigenous soldiers remembered at Sydney march

Today's Anzac Day was marked with a special march and commemoration ceremony in Sydney to remember the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Islander diggers reported ABC News on 25 April 2009.

Several dozen people turned out in the Redfern district in the inner city, including veterans, their descendants and members of the community, grateful to Australia's servicemen and women.

Vic Sims came to the march to represent his uncle who served in the Middle East in World War II.

He says when his uncle returned home from service, he was turned away from a pub in Circular Quay while his white comrades went in for a beer.

"That attitude continued for a long long time. I've known veterans who were part of the First World War, who came back and never even got a pension, a war pension," he said.

"They died without receiving any kind of compensation at all."

Rob Bryant is a Vietnam War veteran who served in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in the early 1970s.

Mr Bryant says the march is an important tradition.

"I come down from the north coast of New South Wales every year to support this march," he said.

"Because I find all these people here... for them to be marching here... they celebrate in their way on Anzac Day."