THE Foster RSL sub Branch welcomes all members of the community to the Anzac Day commemorations in Foster. The Anzac Day program is as follows: For those marching, please assemble at the Foster Museum by 10.40 am. The march will be led by Cameron Stone’s armoured reconnaissance vehicle and will proceed to the cenotaph in Main Street, with a Naval Guard placement and RSL flag raising. RSL president Bruce Lester will give a welcome and short address, followed by the laying of memorial wreaths. Foster Secondary College student Emily Duffus is to be the bugler at this ceremony.
At the conclusion of the wreath laying a service will be held in the FWMAC. Major Les Francis (ret) of the Foster RSL will speak on the Kokoda Campaign in World War11, which has its 75th anniversary this year.
Lt. Commander David Lassam (ret) will speak on the Battle of Beersheba in the Middle East in World War1, which took place 100 years ago this year, led by the Light Horse Charge. Lt Commander Lassam will also give an overview of the evolution of the armoured tank in World War 1.
Local musicians Bec Bone and Fiona Curram will present musical items aligned to Anzac happenings, including the moving song “We’ll Take Beersheba”, from the album Spirit of the Anzacs by Australian country singer and former Australian Citizen of theYear, Lee Kernaghan.
A presentation will be made to the Foster Cubs by RSL senior vice president, Ian Sutton.
After the service in the hall, all are welcome at the RSL clubrooms.
President Bruce would like to remind those wearing war service medals awarded to past family members that the medals should be pinned on the wearer’s right. It is also permissible for marchers to carry a framed photo of ex service family members.
A note of interest regarding the armoured tank – this vehicle was around during the Vietnam war period, and although it did not see service, its “brother” the M113 was used as a troop carrier in the Vietnam war, including the movement of Australian troops at the Battle of Long Tan.
The RSL hopes to have a New Zealand flag flying on Anzac Day as well as the Australian flag, as a tribute to the New Zealanders who served with Australians in many arenas of war.
Foster RSL sub Branch