Showing posts with label ANZAC Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ANZAC Day. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

ANZAC Day 2022 Went Well

 ANZAC Day at Tanunda went well.

Given that Monday was a public holiday during school holidays, we had an enormous turn-up at both the Dawn Service and the late morning Service after our march from the Tanunda Post Office to the Soldiers' Memorial Hall.

The highlight of the Dawn Service was perhaps an address delivered by a senior school student (image at left) from the local Faith Lutheran College. Given the age of the young man, his presentation was flawless, the content emotive and inspiring, and he didn't appear to be the slightest nervous.

After the Dawn Service, we held a Gunfire Breakfast that many people attended. Our bar volunteers served beer including large amounts of Coopers stout, a beverage that doesn't usually sell well during the rest of the year. 

Small amounts of Beenleigh rum made its way into coffee, a tradition on this special day.

The Gunfire Breakfast was also attended by a contingent of RAAF serving members who had participated as a catafalque party (you can see several in the image above) or supported them. 

Here they are outside our Hut. Those with weapons are obviously part of the catafalque party.

We appreciate and thank them for their service and hope that they will never be called upon to sacrifice their lives for their fellow Australians as many others have throughout the short history of our country.

We are so fortunate to live in a relatively free democracy with a decent standard of living and sound governance.

However, as the motto of the RSL states, "The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance" which includes having a combat-ready defence force if we need it.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Lest We Forget


 "They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them."

The Ode of Remembrance has been recited to commemorate wartime service and sacrifice since 1921.

The Ode is the 4th stanza of the poem 
For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon. The poem was first published in the British newspaper The Times on 21 September 1914. The poem later appeared in many anthologies of war verse.

In 1919, Binyon’s poem was selected to accompany the unveiling of the London Cenotaph and was adopted as a memorial tradition by many Commonwealth nations. The poem was read at the laying of the Inauguration Stone at the Australian War Memorial in 1929.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

ANZAC Day Memorial Services

Mr Tony Pasin presents bottle of rum
This year once again we are holding our memorial services and march for ANZAC Day, next Monday.

Our committee members have been beavering away preparing all the minutia involved in organising such an important event in the RSL calendar and community. 

We are supported by various other community organisations and individuals including the Barossa Council and Federal Member for Barker, Mr Tony Pasin who every year gives us a large bottle of Beenleigh rum to share during our Gunfire Breakfast at the Hut. You can see him here handing this year's bottle to Treasurer Christina and Robin Henry.

It's a public holiday Monday and that may mean more or fewer people attend our two memorials on ANZAC Day. The first, held at the Tanunda Memorial Garden in Murray Street begins at 6:15 am.

At 10:15 am those marching assemble outside the Tanunda Post Office in Murray Street and march to the Soldiers' Memorial Hall (Barossa Gallery) in Basedow Road where a second service is held at 11:00 am.

Members and invited guests then meet at the Hut for lunch.

The next memorial event this year of course will be Remembrance Day on 11 November.

We hope to see you at one of our services on Monday.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Memorabilia Sales - Foodland Tanunda

A small example of memorabilia
On Tuesday, 19 April, and Wednesday, 20 April, our volunteers will be holding memorabilia fundraising stalls outside Foodland, Tanunda. 

This year we have a range of new memorabilia in which collectors will be interested. We also have some "electric candles" for those who prefer to hold their ANZAC Day memorial at home, as all of us did during 2020 when we were captives of our own houses during a lockdown; a new experience for most of us.

We have purple pin badges in recognition of the animals that fought alongside our troops in all wars, combined purple and red poppy badges, Navy, Army and Air Force mugs, water bottles, shopping bags with poppy graphics, a variety of pens, sets of cards, and biscuits in souvenir tin containers (these will go fast). 

Visit us and you'll find something you like or can't live without.

If you don't need another pen, or another ANZAC Day badge, you may wish to simply leave a donation.

Whatever you do, if you are in the area, please drop in and say hello to our team members. You could even discuss how easy it is to become a member.

Monday, April 11, 2022

The Hut Closed Good Friday

The Hut will be closed on Friday, 15 April 22, for the Easter long weekend.

We hope you have a pleasant and safe weekend and look forward to seeing you at the Hut on Friday, 22 April 22, the day after our first ever Fashion Parade at Lambert's Winery, and of course the weekend of ANZAC Day on the following Monday.

Next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, several volunteers will be selling memorabilia outside Foodland, Tanunda. Don't forget to say hello and update or add to your collection if you are nearby.

Next week promises to be a busy week for our colleagues and the many others who support the RSL.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Friday Night is Happy Hour!

 

Join us this Friday, 30th April 2021 for Happy Hour.

Everyone is welcome after 4 pm.

Snacks and drinks will be available at a reasonable price and chatting with our members is free. There will probably be a lot of discussion about ANZAC Day which was an overwhelming success.

If you're new to our Hut, you may like to take a look at our extensive range of memorabilia. We have a collection of badges, clothing, weapons, and medals and other interesting objects on display. 

We also have memorabilia for sale that includes a wide range of badges, pens, mugs, caps, and stubby holders.

See you there!

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Join Us on ANZAC Day

 

ANZAC Day is with us again. In 2020 we had to cancel our one day of the year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But this 25 April we're back on deck with a morning memorial and a mid-morning march.

We don't mind which event you attend, but we'd love to have you join us in memory of our fallen and to thank those who served and still serve.

The ANZAC tradition is under threat by those who would see it disappear, so we need to stand strong together and remember why our country is still free and democratic.

If you can't attend at the Tanunda Memorial Gardens at 0600 h or at the march assembling at the Post Office at 1015 h, please consider holding a Driveway Memorial to remember the brave men and women who protected us in the past and who still protect us today.

Lest We Forget!

Monday, March 1, 2021

Preparing for ANZAC Day

For the Returned and Services League (RSL) ANZAC Day is our major annual event. 

On this day we commemorate those who served and made the supreme sacrifice in all theatres of war. 

During the emerging pandemic of 2020 we were disappointed that our main event was cancelled. Mini ad hoc commemorations were held by individuals and small groups at the front of their properties and in other non-public places.

It was a sound effort by millions of people around the country, but nothing on the scale of previous years since the end of World War I.

Fortunately, the strictures that affected us last year have been loosened this year and we can run ANZAC Day events while exercising sensible precautions to avoid COVID-19 exposure.

At present the Sub-Branch Management Committee is beavering away planning for our big day. There's lots to do organising a band, limited catering, and logistics for the event. 

Beforehand we will be setting up a couple of donations stalls and seeking volunteers to staff them. If you are interested in helping, please contact us.

We'll keep you posted on progress towards our ANZAC Day ceremony.

Management Committee