NEXT Tuesday, April 25 is ANZAC Day, with commemorations to be held in Foster by The Foster RSL Sub-Branch. All members of the community and visitors to the Corner Inlet district are welcomed to the two commemorative services beginning at the Cenotaph in Main Street at 11.00 am.
Marchers are asked to assemble at the Foster Historical Society museum by 10.45 am, ready to begin their march to the Cenotaph.
The march will be led by two flag bearers, followed by mounted light horseman enactor Will Pridham and marchers. Foster RSL member Cameron Stone who served with Australian Defence Forces in the 1st Armoured Regiment will accompany the procession with an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) of the type used to transport Australian forces in Vietnam. The APC is a disarmed model.
Unfortunately our usual Cenotaph guard provided by the Australian Navy will not be part of the ceremony this year, due to unavailability to attend.
The service at the Cenotaph will begin with two minutes’ silence, followed by a brief address to be given by Foster RSL president, Bruce Lester. A wreath laying ceremony will be held and members of the community are also welcome to place floral tributes following the formal laying of wreaths by the RSL and local community groups including local schools.
The procession will then proceed to the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre where a service will be held by Foster RSL. Guest speaker Lieutenant Commander David Lassam (ret) will address the gathering and musical tributes will be presented by local musicians Bec Bone and Fiona Curram. All welcome.
On Thursday, April 20, flags are to be put in place on graves of ex-servicemen and women at the Foster, Toora and Welshpool cemeteries. This annual event recognises the service to country by locals interred at the three cemeteries and provides a spectacular display at each of the sites. The flags will remain in place for two weeks.
ANZAC badges and memorabilia are still available this week at the Foster RSL stall in Main Street, Foster. The full range of badges and memorabilia is on sale, including the striking new badge featuring WW11 nurse Vivian Bullwinkle. Lieutenant Colonel Bullwinkle was the sole survivor of the Banka Island massacre in Indonesia, carried out by occupying Japanese troops during WW11.
For enquiries concerning the above ANZAC Day services please call 0407 343 842.
- 6:00AM Dawn Service at Toora Cenotaph followed by Gunfire Breakfast at Toora RSL Hall. Donation to the ANZAC Appeal.
- 9:30AM Wreath Laying and Memorial Service at the Welshpool Cenotaph followed by Morning tea at the Welshpool Memorial Hall. Guest speaker and Catafalque Party provided by School of Air Traffic Control, RAAF Base East Sale.
- 11:00AM Wreath Laying Service at the Toora Cenotaph. March to the RSL Hall for a Memorial Service. Guest speaker and Catafalque Party provided by School of Air Traffic Control, RAAF Base East Sale. A light Lunch will be provided for a Gold Coin donation.
Marchers will set off from the Fish Creek RSL to the Rock of Remembrance at 10.45am for a short service.
At the conclusion of the service, everyone is welcome to join RSL members and families in the restored Fish Creek Memorial Hall for refreshments.