Indigenous veterans honoured at service

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Indigenous Australians have gathered in the grounds of the Australian War Memorial for the first time for an Anzac Day service.

While past events have been held at a Ngunnawal country site on the side of nearby Mount Ainslie, about 100 people brought the service to the For our Country sculptural pavilion.

Set behind a ceremonial fire pit within a circle of stones, the wall of two-way mirrored glass - which reflects the viewer and the Australian War Memorial - honours Indigenous Australians and New Zealanders who have served since 1901.

The service heard it was a time to "remember those from our own mob" who had paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The event was held after the Canberra dawn service, but before the national ceremony, and was hosted by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans and Services Association.

War memorial director Matt Anderson said it was important to acknowledge the proud Indigenous tradition of the Australian Defence Force.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have served in every Australian defence commitment since Federation.

Over 1000 are believed to have fought in World War I.