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Reserve Forces Day 2011

  The National Parade - A great Occasion  

Please activate the button to your left to view a slideshow of the National Parade in Sydney on 3 July 2011 prepared by Peter Butterworth.
Please activate the button to your left to download the Army News 21 July 2011 page featuring the National Reserve Forces Day parade 2011.

The National Parade in Sydney on 3 July 2011 was a truly great occasion. Family members of reservists were proud to receive their medalions, and Her Excellency made a great entrance. The parade presentation was superb.


Photos - John Howells and Sue Day

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell joined hundreds of Reservists and their families in Sydney to mark Reserve Forces Day. It's the first time since the Parade commenced in 1998 that a NSW Premier has attended the event. Mr O'Farrell indicated to the Press:

"As the son of a soldier, I understand how important it is that we honour and pass on the legacy of Australia's military history. Today's Parade also paid fitting tribute to the mostly unheralded work of the Reservists' spouses who were presented with commemorative medallions. It's recognition of the sacrifice made by the partners of our Reservists in managing the home and family while their spouse is away. For the spouses presented with medallions today, the average time that they were required to support the service of their Reservist partner was 21 years. These spouses have played a vital role in supporting Reservists as they prepare for or participate in war and peace keeping operations.

The event has also acknowledged the 90th anniversary of the formation of the RAAF, which since World War 1 has helped to make our nation proud and strong.

Since the first Reserve Forces Day Parade was held in Sydney in 1998, it's grown to other regional centres including Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Broken Hill, Tamworth, Parkes, Murwillumbah and Taree. In centres throughout our State today, people have stopped to recognise and honour those Reservists who are considered part-time soldiers but make a full time commitment to the defence and protection of our nation when required."

Award Night

The 2011 Award night was held in March 2012

Governor's reception and presentation of Recognition Medallions Tue 28 June 2011

Recipients of the Recognition Medallion after their presentation by the Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of NSW on Tue 28 June 2011.  The photo shows the Governor in the centre surrounded by the recipients.  The other photo shows a function held for the husbands and partners at the Royal Automobile Club while presentation was being held at Government House.


  Melbourne - a great show go to top of page

Melbourne reservists braved the cold to be inspected by His Excellency the Governor of Victoria. CLICK HERE to download Chief of the Army's Speech.

Photos - Michael Silver

The Reserve Forces Day parade in Melbourne on Sunday 3rd July 2011 was held at the Shrine of Remembrance. The celebrations acknowledged the assistance given to serving and former Reservists by their families, in particular their spouse or partner during their service. 19 cities throughout Australia carried out similar celebrations.

Recognition medallions were presented on the parade to more than 100 spouses, or partners by the Victorian RFDC Patron the Governor of Victoria His Excellency the Hon Alex Chernov AO QC (and Reviewing Officer), the Hon Warren Snowden MP Minister for Veteran Affairs, representing the Prime Minister, Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, Chief of Army, the Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips, Victorian Assistant Treasurer, representing the Victorian Government, Major General Greg Garde AO RFD QC and Air Commodore John Hewitson AM.

Aircraft from the RAAF Museum, Point Cook conducted a fly-over during the Royal Salute and the Governor and Chief of Army inspected the parade escorted by Parade Host, Brigadier Neale Bavington, RFD ED and Lieutenant Colonel Peter George, Parade Commander. Both the Governor and Chief of Army were conducting their first parade inspection since their recent appointments.

Two bands, Old Scots Pipes and Drums and Rats of Tobruk Pipes and Drums played in the parade, Oakleigh City Band played from a static position near the forecourt and Eternal Flame. Over 600 serving and former Reservists attended the parade.

  Mount Gambier go to top of page

Day 1

Friday 1 July2011, 1430 hours, official unveiling of the former Drill Hall plaque.

This was the time chosen to give sufficient time for our Adelaide guests comprising Captain Barrie Newman, Chairperson Reserve Forces Day SA, President Alan Hook and his members of the Royal South Australia Regiment Association Metro Branch and Former C.O. Don Phillips to join us. Major Bruce Ridland, former Officer Commanding, spoke about what the Drill Hall meant in days gone by. He then performed the Official unveiling of the City of Mount Gambier Information Plaque. Approximately 75 former and serving members turned out for the wonderful occasion. Following this we adjourned to the Community RSL for a private dinner with our local and Adelaide guests.

Day 2

Saturday 2 July, March and Parade day, official guest his Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce Governor of South Australia.

His Excellency was joined by our town dignitaries, Mayor City of Mount Gambier, Mayor District Council of Grant, State Member for S.A., Police Superintendent Trevor Twilley (Media Contact person for our planning committee), hosted by Captain Barrie Newman RFD Chairman SA.

In discussions with the CEO City Council, it was decided to make the day a community event, which would allow many other service groups to participate and should not detract from the Military aspect. As a result of participant group meetings held at the Community RSL the planning for the day took shape, as a result we set the March and Parade in place with 32 community based groups taking place with 26 wreaths being ordered for the service.

The March was under control on the day of RSARA Secretary, Ian Summers who, as March Marshal has set the previous 20 or so ANZAC Day Marches, so we were in good hands and well under way. The Naval Cadets from T. S. Gambier to build their rank invited T.S. Noarlunga to join them; this then enabled us to invite the Naval cadets to be the Tri-Service Flag party, as well as the Catafalque party, using at our request .303 rifles rather than their Steyers.

A guard of honour was in place from the march-saluting dais to the parade area comprising 4 Cadets from each service along with their Cadet Officers, making a very impressive display. I ought to point out that at this point we were a little damp having marched in the rain.

The Governor was introduced to the Parade by Captain Barrie Newman, following his Excellency’s address RSARA President Bob Sandow conducted the Service in memory of the Fallen, at this point the slight drizzle continued but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of the participants. Following the service on the path leading to the RSL all parade participants walked through a guard of honour of St. John Cadets, Scouts and girl Guides. I and Barrie Newman walked with the Governor, he stopped and spoke to many of the guard of honour, Cadets and their Leaders, it would appear that he just love to talk to the younger generation. At the RSL we were treated to a light luncheon at which his Excellency wandered amongst the 300 or so participants talking to as many present, as he was able to. The visit to Mount Gambier for Reserve Forces Day 2011 certainly endeared his Excellency in a major way in the memory of our community.

Saturday Evening we held a reunion for any member that had served in any military service in South Australia, a total of 130 past and present serving members attended the dinner. At this dinner the Reserve Forces Day Spouse Medallion was presented to 43 RSARA members South East and Metro. The spouse partners escorted the medallion recipients to the centre stage to receive their Medallion from Captain Barrie Newman, as they left the stage their photo was taken with their partner. The 5 retired Alpha Company officers who were present at the Dinner then cut our reunion cake. The next day approx 45 people met at the community RSL for a luncheon to farewell, RSARA President Alan Hook and his members. The local media really supported our Reserve Forces Day Community event.

  Wagga Wagga go to top of page

The Riverina's reservists proudly marched along Baylis Street yes¬terday morning as part of Wagga's annual Reserve Forces Day cere¬mony. The theme of this year's cele¬bration was recognising the support families and employers offer to reservists, which makes it easi¬er for them to contribute to Australia's defence force. During the ceremony, 18 wives of reservists were presented with recognition medals in honour of the support they had offered their husbands during their time in the reserve forces. Special guest, Brigadier Wayne Dunbar, told the reservists and their families it was important to acknowledge the support people offered reservists because without that support they would not be able to serve their country. "Families and employers play a crucial part," he said. The ceremony also saw repre-sentatives from the defence force, Wagga mayor Wayne Geale and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack lay wreaths in remembrance of reservists who had died serving their country, while Brigadier Dunbar took a moment to remember reservists killed in Afghanistan in the past year. Phyllis Hunt, who was one of the women presented with a medal, said it meant a lot to her to be recognised for standing by husband Neville while he served his country. "It is an honour," she said. "Neville was one of the original reservists serving from 1948-1951. He was in the reserve when we got married"

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THEY'RE often a forgotten part of Australia's history, but yesterday the important role of our defence force reservists received a glowing reception in Ipswich. Past and present reservists and cadets took part in the city's fourth annual Reserve Forces Day recognition ceremony yesterday by marching in the Ipswich CBD. The service included a march from Ellenborough St to RSL Park where a wreath was laid in memory of those who had paid the ultimate sacrifice. Ipswich reservists also welcomed their “cousins” from Noumea, in New Caledonia, with seven members making the trip to show their solidarity. Reserve Forces Day committee member Squadron Leader Dennis Deering said there was a strong contingent of reserve forces in Ipswich. He said reservists were currently serving in East Timor and Afghanistan but many Australians often did not realise the work they did as the officers were often quite humble. "Reservists are reluctant to come out and say it," he said. In the history of the Australian Reserve Forces, members have also served in the Sudan and China during the Boxer Revolution as well as in South Africa. The first parade for Reserve Forces Day was held in 1998 and was such a success that many new unit associations were formed. Squadron Leader Deering said members of the reserve forces held down two jobs. "They have a day job to support their families but they give up their spare time to be reserve officers," he said.

Courtesy The Queensland Times 4 July 2011

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  Parkes go to top of page

Reserve Forces Day 2011 certainly lived up to the expectations of the organisers that planned the weekend with a parade with the Light Horse, Nashos and ex and current serving Reservist’s of the Australian Defence Force along Clarinda Street to Cooke Park. The parade saw three of the ‘Original” Light Horsemen Mr Frank Morgan, Terrigal, Mr Jack Hinde, Scone and Mr Ken Turner, Parkes lead the parade with Ray Thomas, Parkes, Mr Bob Archer, Cowra and Mr Ken Mason, Parkes being honoured at Chamberlain Square in the company of Member for Dubbo, Mr Troy Grant MP and Mayor of Parkes, Cr Ken Keith.

Tom Lees with members of 6th Light Horse Trundle Troop arranged for the contingent of Light Horsemen from across NSW and as far away as 1st/21st, Mossvale to gather at Parkes for the weekend’s parade. The marchers consisted of Nasho’s from across the Central West, former and current serving Reservists who served in various units across Australia.

The commemorative service conducted at the 6th Light Horse tree of Remembrance, Cooke Park saw Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant MP and Mayor of Parkes, Cr Ken Keith present 13 medallions to the wives and partners of former and current serving Reservists for their unending support whilst the husband or partner was on part time service for the Australian Defence Force.

6th Light Horse Medallions, engraved with Parkes 2011 were also presented to the six ‘Original’ Light Horsemen who were able to get to the weekends service in appreciation for their service to the Australian Defence Force. A luncheon followed the commemorative service at the Parkes Services Club where Troy Grant MP presented the 6th Light Horse Troop with a large framed print Lance Corporal Edwards and his horse Taffy who waited for his wounded rider to remount during the Battle of Romani and ride to safety. Cr Ken Keith and Troy Grant MP were presented a 6th Light Horse medallion from Tom Lees in appreciation for their attendance at the parade and service.

That evening a dinner was held at the Parkes Services Club to commemorate the 95th Anniversary of the Battle of Romani. At the conclusion of the dinner a special tribute was given in the tradition of a toast was conducted for the 23 casualties of the 2nd Light Horse Brigade which included 8 casualties from the 6th Light Horse Regiment.

The weekend was a resounding success and could not have happened without the support of the local business’s and the general public; please accept this as our grateful appreciation to all who helped the committee and thank you for making this happen.

  Broken Hill go to top of page

Our Presentation held on 3 July at Club Legion, which is the Broken Hill Ex Service Club.

All ladies were given a copy of the Prime Minister and Governor General's messages, (which were also read Out at the presentation) and a copy of the group photo, plus an Individual photo of their presentation. Following the presentation was a delicious morning tea provided By the National Servicemen's Association Broken Hill Sub Branch.

All who attended said the presentation was excellent and one Nasho Whose wife received the Medallion, said it was a fantastic gesture Of the RFDC to make available this Medallion to say thank you to The Reservists wives, most of whom were only girlfriends at the Time of service.

  Brisbane go to top of page

Reserve Forces Day is 1 July. It was on this Friday in 2011 at 1830 hours that around 120 hardy souls assembled on the dock adjacent to the Diamantina’s berth at the Maritime Museum. All was prepared— the wine waiters were at the ready, tables laid to receive hot food and there were sufficient members in uniform (Navy, Army and Air Force—present and former dress) to denote it a function with associations to Australia’s Defence Force. Most ladies forsook the more usual “cocktail hour dress” for jackets and slacks to protect from the elements. The Queensland Detachment of the RAN Band, 99% of its members are Reservists, serenaded us.

The Chairman of the South Queensland, Reserve Forces Day Committee, Capt RWG Hume RFD. RANR, presented some welcoming remarks before inviting Capt Adele Catts (Curator of the Museums at 2/14 LHR (QMI), to read the letters of commendation from Her Excellency the Governor-General and the Prime Minister.

Friends and supporters of the Reverse Forces Day Committee had been invited to set up “stalls” displaying their “products” for the interest of attendees:

  • The National Serviceman’s Association Memorial Band, Pipes and Drums, Inc (seeking new players—skilled or otherwise)
  • The St Mary’s Church Navy 100 Memorial Committee
  • RAAF Heritage Centre - a new museum at RAAF Base Amberley
  • 'National Medals' at Taringa
  • 2/14 QMI Museum display
  • Military Medallions
  • Royal United Service Institute - one of the oldest military historical institutes in the English world would welcome new members.
  • The Defence Reserves Association - an independent association charged with defending the conditions of service of all Reservists.

Present were Naval personnel from New Caledonia . It’s traditional for the French Navy to attend Brisbane’s cele-

Tastings were offered from the Vineyard of Bunjurgen Estate at Boonah. The vineyard was planted in 2003 and features 2200 vines, terraced into a contoured SE facing hillside. The vineyard is drip i rri gat ed f or water efficiency and has a customised trellis design to promote airflow. The hail and bird netting is a unique application of NZ designed technology that prevents bird entry. Shiraz and Chambourcin vines provide the varietal selections of vintages. We sampled the fortified wine (Port) and declared its aroma pleasant and its taste eminently suited to warming one on a chilly night.

L_R Miles Farmer, Patrick O’Loughlin and Grahame Brown

As usual there was a raffle; however it was nothing new for us to learn that our tickets didn’t win any of the four prizes. At 2030 hours the Band played for the Beat to Quarters and Ceremonial Sunset Ceremony.

No the 'senior service' does not have the ability to dictate when the sun should set. The Ceremonial Sunset ceremony can be set at any hour at the end of day—immediately prior to “lights out”. We listened as lovely traditional hymns were played and a young female member of the band, sang our “Aussie anthems” - I still call Australia home, Advance Australia Fair and Waltzing Matilda.

The Ensign was lowered and the lights extinguished asvthe Lone Piper playedvfrom the bridge of the Diamantina

Thence came the order to 'fire the guns' and Master Gunner, Mr Chatburn, fired two volleys from the 'Clifton' guns. So the evening ended with a big bang and a cloud of smoke.

  All Rehearsed and Ready for 2011 go to top of page

On Sunday 19 July 2011 all the key players came together to make certain the national parade on 3 July will truly be a flawless show.

 Community Service Announcements go to top of page

John Laws kindly did the voice over for this year's video Community Service Announcements for our parades.

  The button to your left takes you to the Community Service Announcement for New South Wales.

  The button to your left takes you to the Community Service Announcement for the rest of Australia.

Tim Webstar recorded our audio CSA.

  The button to your left takes you to the Audio Community Service Announcement.

 Annual Presentation and Briefing Night - 3 March 2011 go to top of page

 Launch go to top of page

2011 Reserve Forces Day was successfully launched at Victoria Barracks, Sydney on Saturday 27 November 2011.

A short parade where many spouses and partners were presented with medallions for their support of their reservists was followed with aa series of speeches where:

  • Sir Laurence Street detailed the theme and plans for 2011;
  • Mrs Virginia Moore spoke of her experience as the spouse of a serving reservist;
  • The Hon Warren Snowdon MP spoke in support of Reserve Forces Day, and read the Prime Ministers speech (CLICK HERE to read);
  • Ray Smith spoke of his experience as a 39er (CLICK HERE to check out the story of John Rischbieth a 39er as written-up in the Sydney Morning Herald); and
  • Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO (Retd), national president of the RSL, launched Reserve Forces Day 2011, and the book the 39ers (obtainable from our online shop CLICK HERE).

The function concluded with morning tea on the lawn adjacent the Officers' Mess.

  The button to your left takes you to a slide show of the 2011 Launch ceremony.


 In 2011  

In 2011 The Reserve Forces Day Council will acknowledge the important role of the family’s support for Reserve Service.

Please activate the button to your left to view the speech made by the Prince of Wales on the occasion of the centenary of the UK Territorial Army in 2008. He pays tribute to the families who support reservists. The words are particularly pertinent.

The ongoing objective of Reserve Forces Day is to raise the profile of the Navy, Army and Air Force Reserve Forces and to recognise serving and former Reservists and to thank families and employers for their support.

Reserve service is unique and in 2011 we will acknowledge the vital role of the family’s support during the Reservist’s period of service by awarding them a medallion in recognition of their wonderful support. It will have provision on the reverse side for the member to have engraved his/her personal thanks. This will only be presented to the eligible spouse or partner in person when they attend a RFD Launches or Parades.

For further details contact your local RFDC CLICK HERE or "Contacts" in the main menu.

The National Launch will be held in the presence of Members of Parliament, Interstate RFD Chairmen, Senior Officers of the Australian Defence Force, Sponsors and Supporters at Victoria Barracks Oxford Street Paddington NSW 2010 on Saturday 27 November 2010 from 9.30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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