Civic Reception to mark RSL Centenary
Indigo Shire Councillors will attend a Civic Reception to mark 100 years of service by the Rutherglen RSL Sub-Branch in February.
The RSL State president will also attend the event at the Rutherglen Memorial Hall on Friday, February 17.
Indigo Shire Mayor Cr Jenny O’Connor said the Rutherglen RSL had played a vital role in the fabric of the town over the past century.
“The big day of the year is Anzac Day, but the Rutherglen sub-branch is active throughout the year,” Cr O’Connor said.
“The Legacy golf day in March is in its 68th year, providing substantial donations to Legacy to help it with its policy to ‘carry on caring’.
“Vietnam Veteran’s Day in August is also well attended by locals and visitors alike and Remembrance Day, November 11, is always a solemn occasion.”
Cr O’Connor said Indigo Shire Council was privileged to be able to support the sub branch through its centenary year and paid special tribute to the people of Rutherglen, the high school students who sell RSL raffle tickets, Legacy and Anzac badges and poppies, the Lions Club and especially the subbranch’s women’s auxiliary.
A two metre granite statue will be unveiled in the Rutherglen Memorial Gardens at 11am on Saturday, February 18.
The Director of the National War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson AO, will perform the unveiling of the memorial, which will stand as a tribute to those who served in World War I.
A very special guest, Keith Payne VC, will also attend.
Mr Payne received his Victoria Cross in Vietnam for his actions under fire to rescue 40 injured soldiers.
His is the last VC awarded in the imperial tradition -it was bestowed by The Queen aboard the royal yacht Britannia.
To underline the importance of the memorial, Defence Force personnel will provide a catafalque party and firing party - a catafalque party consists of four members of an armed guard who stand, heads bowed and their weapons reversed, in a symbolic demonstration of respect for the fallen.
Following the service, the public is invited to a free barbecue in the Memorial Hall.