Sydney turned on its very best winter weather for the National Parade on 3 July 2016. The setting was magnificent, before the War Memorial and around the pool of remembrance, Hyde Park.
The drill had been well rehearsed and came over rather well given the average age of the participants. The Light Horse added colour, precision and an historical perspective; the Air Force Cadets did very well and His Excellency the Governor gave a quality
CLICK HERE for more great photos of the parade by Peter Butterworth.
Our Parade at Wondai, in spite of it being bare bones, was the success it was made to be in spite of the obstacles placed in the way and there were a few of them.
Arrangements are in hand for 2017.
Community Service Announcements 2016
This year Ben Roberts-Smith VC volunteered to do our Community Service Announcements. As always two versions, one for Sydney, and the other for the Bush, or other centres throughout Australia.
First Briefing Night and Presentation of Awards
Reserve Forces Day Parade Competition for 2015 Sydney 5 July 2015.
The Categories were be judged on: -
The drill associated with the carrying of the Assn Banners.
Drill and marching.
Dress and turn out.
Esprit de Corps.
Uniformity of overall appearance of Association
ASM's control of the Association
The National and NSW Chairman the Hon Tim Fischer AC was represented by Col Don Tait OAM who presented the awards on his behalf.
Certificates of Commendation were awarded to Unit Associations in the following categories: -
Best Standard Bearer: Corporal Colin Boland Of The New South Wales Scottish Regimental Association
Banner Party: not awarded in 2015 - the judges did not consider any of the banner parties met the standard required
Best Unit Association with fewer than 40 members taking part: Sappers Association - Accepted By Maj John Hanley RFD
Best Unit Association with over 40 members taking part: The Association Of 17 Battalions Presented To The President Maj Irving Warren RFD
The Best overall Association on the day: New South Wales Scottish Regimental Association - Presented To The President Maj Frank Woodhams OAM ED
The Unit Association considered to have just missed out but should be awarded for effort: Royal New South Wales Lancers Accepted By The RSM 2 Div Formation Mike Mcgraw
The Rosenthall Award For The Best Formation: 5th Brigade Formation - Presented to The Formation Commander Col Don Tait OAM
SPECIAL MENTION for the wonderful support to RFDC:
AUSTRALIAN GREAT WAR ASSOCIATION
THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION TROOP.
AIR FORCE CADETS
AUSTRALIAN AIR LEAGUE
National and NSW Launch 14 November 2015
The National and New South Wales Launch was conducted on an overcast and rainy day in the Royal Automobile Club, Sydney.
Bob Joseph welcomed all on behalf of the Council's National and NSW Chairman the Hon Tim Fischer AC.
Lieutenant Colonel Moore outlined the morning programme and explained the March in of the Formation and Regimental Standards of the Reserve Forces Associations.
The Standards borne on the parade visibly demonstrated the historic links between the units during World War I and today's current units. The former and serving members of these units hold dear to the traditions and values forged by their forebears in World War I.
Lieutenant Colonel Moore explained the objective of Reserve Forces Day and the theme for 2015 and 2016.
The Hon Tim Fischer AC the National and NSW Chairman delivered an address on the withdrawal from Gallipoli and the Western Front in 1916 (see video below).
Brigadier Michael Arnold CSC ADC the Assistant Commander 2nd Division delivered an address on the Division's action in 1916.
Lieutenant Colonel Moore conducted the presentation of Descendants Medallions to Captain Alexander Ryrie the Great-Grandson of Major General Sir Granville Ryrie KCMG CMG CB VD.
Captain Alexander Ryrie who is currently posted to Headquarters Joint Operations Command Canberra, spoke.
The representative of the Prime Minister, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP the member for Mackellar read the Prime Minister's message of support and Launched Reserve Forces Day 2016.
The Hon Tim Fischer AC speaks
Reserve Forces Day 2016 will continue to commemorate the service of Reservists in World War 1 - 100 Years on; Rumani, Fromelles and Pozières.
Reserve Forces Day Council Inc
RECOGNISING THE VALUE OF RESERVE SERVICE TO THE NATION ON JULY 1
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