A day to re­mem­ber all who served

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

AN East­ern Re­gional RSL mem­ber says Re­mem­brance Day should com­mem­o­rate all ex-sol­diers for a “bet­ter fu­ture” ahead of the RSL’s an­nual event in Bassendean on Novem­ber 11.

Beech­boro res­i­dent David Beacham (50) served Aus­tralia in Butterworth, Malaysia, in 1986 for 91 days as part of the Ri­fle Com­pany Butterworth, which pro­tected the RAAF base.

Mr Beacham said it was im­por­tant to un­der­stand that ev­ery­one should be com­mem­o­rated and re­mem­bered on this day, re­gard­less of which war and role they served in.

“Re­mem­brance Day is purely set up to com­mem­o­rate the end of the Great War (World War I) which was the ‘war to end all wars’ and sadly it hasn’t hap­pened,” he said.

“To­day’s so­ci­ety should com­mem­o­rate those who served in any war be­cause ev­ery sol­dier at some stage in their life signed a blank cheque to say they would de­fend their coun­try.

“It is about ev­ery­body who sac­ri­ficed some­thing to Queen and coun­try.

“We could use that com­mem­o­ra­tion to fix the fu­ture; there is no need to re­peat past events.”

Mr Beacham said the RSL would pro­vide cof­fee at 7am, fol­lowed by a mo­tor­bike ride around the Hills be­fore re­turn­ing to the Bassendean War Memo­rial for the ser­vice at 10.30am, which would be MC’d by club pres­i­dent Ash­ley Vince.

The club, on Kenny Street, will be open to the pub­lic af­ter the minute’s si­lence at 11am.

Peo­ple can view mem­o­ra­bilia, speak to former sol­diers and en­joy a sausage siz­zle.

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