2017 05 01 lily grace woronoraThe ceremony, on the official Baby Lily Grace Awareness Day and attended by about 50 people, marked two years since her unidentified body was found buried in a shallow grave in the Maroubra sand dunes in 2015.

Local police officer Bill Green, who adopted Lily with his wife Filomena D’Alessandro and paid for her burial, said the event was about “celebrating her short life” and raising awareness of other unidentified children.

“It’s certainly about remembering Lily and the fact that although she had a very short life, we want to make sure she is remembered for the rest of our lives,” Mr Green said.

There’s also a message for parents who might be in trouble that there are services out there for you.”

Mr Green and Mrs D’Alessandro decided to act as Lily’s parents after learning she would be given a destitute burial in the absence of any biological parent.

“I don't think any parent would want their child to have a destitute burial, it’s not right,” he aid.

“I just knew straight away that (Filomena) was going to go all out to ensure this baby was going to receive a decent burial.”

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