Tributes set to flow
Myrtleford RSL Club to hold Remembrance Day service
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.