Civic Re­cep­tion to mark RSL Cen­te­nary

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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