A touring exhibition exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ stories of military service opened for exhibition this week in Geraldton. For Country, For Nation was produced by the Australian War Memorial under the guidance of a group of elders, and includes the artworks of 32 artists. It will run at Geraldton Regional Art Gallery until January 30. Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson said the exhibition was groundbreaking. “Only four or five generations after the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, living in a desperately unequal Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enlisted to fight for the young nation that has taken so much from them, often denying their heritage to do so,” Dr Nelson said. The exhibition is on a three-year tour around Australia. It has already been shown in eight other places, including Araluen, Melbourne and Bundaberg. City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was a privilege to host the exhibition, describing it as “deeply moving”. “For Country, For Nationhonours the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who served in our nation’s military forces and gave up so much for us to lead the lives we do today,” he said.