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City of Albury RSL Sub-Branch

VETERANS SUPPORT CENTRE

527 Wilson Street Albury             Ph 02 6021 1341

Serving the veteran and service community of Albury and district

THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE

Office Hours

Tue

10am - 3.30pm

Wed

10am - 3.30pm

Thu

10am - 3.30pm

ANZAC House

Sub Branch meetings

Are held on the

3rd Sunday of each month at 11 am

Albury war memorial

Coming Events



Please contact the office for more information



11 November

Remembrance Day Service

St Mathews Church

Kiewa Street


19th November

Monthly Meeting



2018 Meetings


January 21st


February 18th AGM


March 18th


April 15th


May 20th


June 17th


July 15th


August 19th


September 16th


October 21st


November 18th




Young Veterans Forum

We had a very good turn up for the Forum on Sunday 8th May. There were five couples and 4 veterans without partners. The exercise was a positive one for all concerned with information shared.


The presenters were:-

The RSL National President, Ken Doolan.

The Deputy Commissioner Department of Veterans Affairs NSW/ACT, Jennifer Collins. DefenceCare General Manager, Robyn Collins.


They all presented the current and future up dating of their departments and organisations for the benefit of veterans.


Vice President Mark Dando gave a presentation on his experiences and PTSD.


The weather was not conducive to assist us with a rainfall of more than 25 mm (an inch in the old scale).


The visiting veterans found the forum to be very informative and thanked the Sub-Branch for conducting the forum.


Further forums are being planned as they are proving to be beneficial to both the

recent veteran and the members of our sub- Branch.




Our newsletter is available as a pdf file

   




    ANZAC Field of Remembrance

    This fitting tribute came from an idea originated by the late Mrs C J Pope, widow of Rear Admiral Pope.  While visiting London she was impressed by a Field of Remembrance Day held each year in the old churchyard at St Margaret’s alongside Westminster Abbey.  The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory initiated the Field of Remembrance – a day on which small wooden crosses were planted in memory of the fallen.

    On her return to Australia Mrs Pope enlisted the NSW Guild in assisting her to organise the first Field in the grounds of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney.  She continued with her work until her death in 1963 when the War Widows’ Guild (NSW) took over.

    The first ANZAC Field of Remembrance was held in 1952, and has been held every year since to commemorate those who gave their lives in the service of their country.  A non-denominational service is held prior to ANZAC Day at St Andrew’s with the lesson read by the Governor of New South Wales.  After the service and the reading of the ‘Ode to the Fallen’ by the Guild’s President, the Governor plants the first cross in the Field of Remembrance in memory of the Unknown Warrior.  The Governor is followed by representatives of the City of Sydney, the New Zealand Government and the three Services, who also plant crosses, the RSL and the Guild State President.

    The Field of Remembrance is open from the service until the late afternoon on Anzac Day for war widows and members of the public to place small wooden crosses in personal remembrance of their husbands, relatives and friends who died during or following war service.



Albury War Widows conduct services in keeping with the above history.

Crosses are supplied by the Widows, Red for Army, Lt Blue for Air Force, and Navy blue for the Navy. The Field of Remembrance is in St Mathews Church and crosses are placed there a week before ANZAC Day. A closing service is held the day after ANZAC Day and the crosses are collected and held by a local funeral director. When a Returned Service person passes away the relatives are asked permission to cremate the crosses with that person.

The ashes of the crosses are then scattered around the base of the cross, in a ceremony held at the Albury War Graves Cemetery, by the President of the Albury RSL Sub-Branch.

The photos were taken at the 2013 scattering of the ashes ceremony


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Graham Docksey RSL Sub-Branch President  opening the forum Mark Dando RSL Sub-Branch Vice President Welcoming the presenters to the forum Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Retd) RSL National President Jennifer Collins Deputy Commissioner DVA NSW/ACT Robyn Collins General Manager DefenceCare