I do not know of your service background
What is your war experience
WW1 and WW11 were our worst war years and they should be remembered
I am a Vietnam veteran of a combat arms unit and President of an RSL sub-Branch
So I say to you, join the RSL and then go about making changes for the better from within, and contribute
How about som...e stories about the current hardships faced by today's veterans, or the truth about where all the money raised is going to?
I'd like to see you address to stories like why the RSL spent $93k defending a committee member who should have defended himself. More transparen
I'd like to know which organisati
The constant whitewashi
If we can't get the informatio
not allowing old vets to march under their own unit banners is a disgrace and you should hang your heads in shame, any number of org's would put their hands up to assist and carry their banners for them. and you wonder why all you have in a lot of clubs are associate members and not full returned members .
I feel I need to get something off my chest and I need to do it while ANZAC Day is fresh in ever...yone's mind, I chose to do it in this forum as it's the largest audience I could ever get.
As you may be aware I attended the Dawn service and the march in Sydney city this year, the dawn service kicked off at 0430 and there was a fairly massive crowd there, security was tight and there was a large police presence which was great, well done to the police for this.
However this is where things went downhill. The dawn service was simulcast on 2gb and other radio stations and the MC was sure to let everyone know this, several times. I'm all for this, to get the service out to as many people possible but it really detracted from the service and it seemed the MC was over commentati
The dawn service is traditiona
So I persevered
So I headed off to the form up point for the march, which was easy enough to find, at about 0830 ready of the 0900 kick off, while there I met some nice people and even ran into my boss from many years ago. But after waiting there for more than 2.5 hours waiting to march I gave up..... This greatly disappoint
To add insult to injury, once I got back to Ang and the boys I found out that WW2 veterans had marched first (good), then formed bodies (units and ships marching in uniform)(a
As I was walking away from the march, in disgust, I witnessed something that further enraged me (and I still feel guilty today knowing I didn't do anything about it, in my defence I was that pissed off at this stage I was likely to hurt someone) was that a school group who had saxophones
Anyhow, after all this we went back to the motel had a rest and a couple of beers which were well enjoyed after such a big day.
So I guess if you take anything away from this it would be;
1. If you are involved in organising
2. Parents, carers, teachers, adults PLEASE teach the next generation
3. Please teach the next generation
Finally pay your respects to those that have served, we were all willing to die for your freedom, I think that, at least, deserves a handshake or a pat on the back once a year......
Please get this out to all of your friends. I will provide a report on the progress of this matter shortly.
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