Vet­eran mo­tor­cy­clists pay re­spects at war me­mo­rial

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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