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Reserve Forces Day 2015

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Another great national parade in 2015.  The National parade had a new Parade Commander.  Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Butler who had commanded the national parade for the past seven years with such style passed away in May.  Let us hope that looking down, he was not too disappointed.


Photos by: Michael McGraw, Hugh Peterswald and Peter Butterworth.

In for just have time for a two minute grab, watch the Channel 9 coverage below.

Video courtesy Channel 9 Sydney.

Alternately if you have an hour to spare and plenty of download, the full highlights video can be viewed below:

If all you want is to hear Elizabeth Smith sing "We are Australian":

For access to a directory containing all 134 high definition photos taken of the parade by Peter Butterworth: CLICK HERE

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A Reserve Forces Day ceremony was held in Brisbane on 5 July 2015.


The photo shows members of the 31 RQR Association, Doug Angus, Rod Golding, Mick James, Tony Wadeson , George Stranger, Merv Hazell, Ray Fogg, Keith Watts on Reserve Forces Day 2015

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Reserve Forces Day in Wagga Wagga began with a Formal Dinner on the evening of Saturday 27 June 2015, at which the special guest of honour was the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Member for Mackellar, accompanied by her assistant, Mrs Claire Berry. The Chairman of the RFDC-R, John Ploenges, and Michael McCormack, Member for Riverina co-hosted Mrs Bishop.

After the Dinner, Mrs Bishop mingled with the invited guests, and in particular took time out to converse with the 16 Alpha Coy, 1/19 RNSWR members who were able to attend, and was impressed with their dress and bearing on the night.

The Commemorative Service was held on Sunday 28 June 2015 in wintry conditions with a large crowd in attendance. Music was provided by the Wagga & District Highland Pipe Band, with Mr Bruce Wells being MC.

Alpha Coy, 1/19 RNSWR provided the Catafalque Party, 322 City of Wagga Wagga Squadron Air Force Cadets formed a Guard of Honour (the first time this has occurred), and 219 Army Cadet Unit supplied the Flag and Banner Bearers

The Welcome Address was given by the Mayor of Wagga, Ald. Rod Kendall, the introductory Address by Michael McCormack, and Chaplain for the Service was Rev. Graeme Liersch.

In keeping with the ongoing celebration of the Centenary of Anzac, the theme for the Service was the Battle of Lone Pine, 6/9 August 1915, and the veterans of Wagga and the Riverina who fought in this Battle.

The Keynote Address was given by the Hon. Bronwyn Bishop who also, assisted by Mr. McCormack, presented WW1 Medallions and Gallipoli War Bars to direct descendants of servicemen who took part in the above Battle, the eldest being 92 years old, 35 Medallions were presented overall.

The address given by Mrs. Bishop, delivered a very thoughtful insight into Reserve Service, the sacrifices Reservists have made and the impact on their families. Australia owes so much to these Citizen soldiers and they thoroughly deserve the National recognition that Reserve Forces Day ensures.

A Wreath Laying ceremony took place, followed by the Ode of Remembrance, delivered by Mr John Clay, followed by the Last Post, 1 minute silence, and then Reveille. The National Anthem was played, an Air Force Cadet supplying the vocals.

The MC, Mr Bruce Wells, then thanked all the participants in the day’s activities, with a special thanks to Mrs Bishop for taking the time out of her busy schedule to join us for our Ceremonial weekend.

The final activity to honour these brave soldiers will be to conduct a Lone Pine planting ceremony, complete with a Memorial Plaque. The RFDC-R have donated these to Alpha Coy, 1/19 RNSWR in memory of the Battle. The Ceremony will take place at the Docker Street Depot on the evening of the 6 August, 2015.

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  Community Service Announcements go to top of page

Community Service Announcement for NSW.

Community Service Announcement for the rest of Australia.

  Prizes Awarded for 2014 Parade go to top of page

Reserve Forces Day Parade Competition for 2014 Sydney 6 July 2014

The 5 Categories were be judged on: -

  1. The drill associated with the carrying of the Assn Banners.
  2. Drill and marching.
  3. Dress and turn out.
  4. Esprit de Corps.
  5. Uniformity of overall appearance of Association
  6. ASM's control of the Association


Certificates of Commendation were awarded to Unit Associations in the following categories: -

3. Best Unit Association with fewer than 50 members taking part: RANR ASSOCIATION
4. Best Unit Association with over 50 members taking part: Royal New South Wales Lanc
5. The Best overall Association on the day: CHAUVEL LIGHT HORSE ESCORT
6. The Unit Association considered to have just missed out but should be awarded for effort. COMMANDO ASSOCIATION (NSW)

SPECIAL MENTION for the wonderful support to RFDC


A pace-stick was also given to the newly annointed RSM 8 Bde.

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The Reserve Forces Day commemoration for 2015 was successfully launched by our patron His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) Governor of New South Wales at Government House, Sydney on Saturday 25 October 2015. The Reserve Forces Day Council thanks General and Mrs Hurley very much for taking their time and opening their house for the occasion.



  2015 Parade Theme go to top of page

1915 saw the Australian Defence Force in combat for the first time at Formation level. No longer the "dutiful military apprentices" to be deployed at company level under foreign officers as requested by the British in the Second Boer War. February saw a full infantry division and a light horse brigade in training in Egypt. All volunteers, they were part of a special force drawn from the ranks of Australia’s mostly militia and conscript army. Originally destined to take part in the conflict in western Europe, they were sent to Europe’s far east, in an attempt to take the passage from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea and ensure Russia could be supplied year round breaking the entrenched deadlock that had developed in the west.

The 1st Australian and New Zealand (2 NZ Brigades and 1 (the 4th) Aust Brigades) Divisions landed on Z Beach (on the bay later to be known as ANZAC Cove) on 25 April 1915. On 12 March the 1st Light Horse Brigade (dismounted) joined the fray.

By the time this military folly was abandoned in November and December, two of the eventual five Australian infantry divisions and thirteen of the eventual fifteen light horse regiments had taken part in the conflict on the Gallipoli peninsula. Our Naval resources also took part. Our remaining submarine, the AE2 penetrating the Dardanelles.

The Reserve Forces Day parades and functions in 2015 will commemorate the time our forces spent in south western Turkey, the 8,709 Australians; 2,779 New Zealanders; and 130,842 from all combatants who did not return home.

Auatralians at ANZAC Cove in July

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Patron in Chief His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
National Chairman the Honourable Tim Fischer AC
National Executive Officer and NSW Chairman Lieutenant Colonel John Moore OAM RFD ED Retd

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