Veteran motorcyclists pay respects at war memorial
ON Saturday, veteran members of the Military Brotherhood, of the Military Motor Cycle Club, visited Nagambie and took part in a short but solemn ceremony at the cenotaph to commemorate those who paid the supreme sacrifice in war.
They laid red Remembrance poppies on the cenotaph in the memorial gardens.
The cyclists were all veterans except one who is still serving at Puckapunyal in the army. A couple served in the navy. They want to make the public aware of Post Traumatic Distress Disorder (PTSD) amongst veterans, and emergency service personnel.
They realised that veterans from the World War One would have suffered this disorder and how they didn’t cope when they came home, and how their families would have been affected greatly too.
This is still happening today amongst veterans and their families and in other services i.e. fire brigade, police, SES, First Responders, and the general public sector through accidents, trauma, terrorists attacks, bushfires, floods and the like.
Larry King, vice president of the Nagambie RSL, was there to greet the veteran motor cyclists.
A bikie himself, he could relate to their experiences and message.
It has been 100 years since the Great War (World War 1) Armistice in 1918.
Once again, on November 11, the community at Nagambie are invited to gather to show their allegiance to those who served for our country, not only 100 years ago, but in wars and conflicts since then.
The message of peace gained by the supreme efforts of thousands of Australians since World War 1 to today’s conflicts around the world is still very apparent and observed by Australians.
The Nagambie service to be led by the RSL will be on Sunday, November 11, and will start at 10.30am sharp.
The RSL invites veterans, RSL members, school children and staff, Lions, CFA, and serving military personnel from the district, locals and visitors to go along to show their respect, loyalty and pride of their community for those who served or are still serving their country.
The RSL is organising a plaque to be made to commemorate those who served from Nagambie in WW1.
A sample plaque will be at the cenotaph on November 11, and families who are able are asked to check if their family member’s names are on that sample one.
Then when the actual plaque is completed, there should be the names of those who served. (As best as can be obtained from available records)
If any family person is unable to attend, but wants to check the details on it, they can contact David Keall as soon as possible.
Nagambie RSL president, David Keall, is calling for RSL members to sell poppies before the day, and funds will go towards welfare projects to help veteran’s families.
He can be contacted on 5794 2458 or Larry King, 5794 2485 to organise poppies and dates/venues to sell them.
LEST WE FORGET: Members of the Military Brotherhood, Military Motor Cycle Club who visited Nagambie and were welcomed by Nagambie RSL vice president Larry King (third from left) were Marty Pearson, Wayne Winsor, Tony Gill, Niall Baird, Daniel Ericson, Jason Pilgrim, Jim Hallam and Greg Fordham.