Tributes set to flow

Myrtle­ford RSL Club to hold Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPITERI tspi­teri@ne­me­

AU­DREY Busst, now 92, ad­mits her late hus­band Tommy did not talk about the war much.

Mr Busst served in Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, while his fa­ther be­fore him fought in World War One.

Both led ANZAC Day marches in Myrtle­ford for many years, and Tommy had two stints as pres­i­dent of the 99-year-old Myrtl- eford RSL Club.

In the Bussts you saw a de­ter­mi­na­tion to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fice of our ser­vice­men and women and a strong de­sire to let their mem­ory live on, a no­tion that will be at the fore­front this Sun­day when the na­tion takes a minute to pay re­spect to our sol­diers 100 years af­ter the end of WWI.

“If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be liv­ing the life we are liv­ing now,” Mrs Busst said.

“These days (like Re­mem- brance Day) meant a lot to Tommy, it was a chance to re­mem­ber his mates that he lost and the mates that he made. He (also) felt very strongly about the RSL and keep­ing con­nected.”

The Myrtle­ford RSL Club will hold a ser­vice this Sun­day at 11am in hon­our of fallen and re­turned vet­er­ans, some- thing an­other vet­eran’s wife, Sheila Kennedy said the town of Myrtle­ford does very well.

“I just hope and pray that the ones fol­low­ing us can be just as aware and ded­i­cated so that we never ever see an­other war, or any­thing like a war,” Mrs Kennedy said.

“The last few years Re- mem­brance Day has grown be­cause the young peo­ple are get­ting in­volved. They look to me as if they re­ally be­lieve in what they are say­ing, I think they are do­ing a great job and it is a credit to the town that the kids of to­day help carry on the mes­sage.”

M rs Kennedy added that cur­rent RSL Club Pres­i­dent, Kevin Pitts, did a won­der­ful job hon­our­ing sol­diers and keep­ing up their tra­di­tions.

“There is a close bond of peo­ple at our RSL where we have m ade m any good friends ,there have been som e beau­ti­ful tim es and we still en­joy it,” she said.

Mr Pitts, who still takes both wi­d­ows outto lunch and en­cour­ages them to rem ain as in­volved as pos­si­ble with the Re­turned and Ser­vice’s League, said both ladies had done their bit for the club.

“100 years ago peace was de­clared and it­was up to us to em brace that peace,” he said of Re­mem­brance Day.

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