New RSL banner for ANZAC service
Thursday, 11th April, 2019
By Emily McInerney
Two local Army veterans have helped to design a new banner that will be used in this month’s ANZAC Day Service.
Sergeant Reg Garrard of the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery and Private Nick Brown of the Royal Army Ordinance Corps took on the task for the RSL.
“Nick and I have served in the Army, we’re both Broken Hill born and bred,” Reg said.
He served in Iraq from 2003 - 2004 and Nick did two tours of East Timor in 2001 and 2004 under the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor. He also did a tour in 2009.
Both men march in the local ANZAC Day service and they were approached by the RSL to create a new banner.
“The RSL were looking to get us involved because they wanted to encourage younger veterans to join,” Reg said.
“A way to get younger vets involved is to get them to come out to an ANZAC Service.”
Reg said the RSL got in contact with him because they knew he liked to create things.
“Ian Polanski knows I like to make things, he got onto me and I got onto Nick. We became the brains trust behind the banner.
“We created a design, we tried to please everyone and we made it in a way that you could add to it in further years.”
Reg said the banner included the tri-service colours of the Navy, Army and Airforce (right to left).
“We decided to put the bomber in the middle as it was a Broken Hill banner.”
The new banner will be carried by school children along with the other banners.
“School kids carry all the banners, so we said ‘Let the school kids do it’.
“It’s a great way to get them involved.”
The creation of the banner took about a year.
“It was a 12-month process and we used contacts in Adelaide to get it made and drove to Wagga Wagga to get the rest of it made,” Reg said.
“I reckon it looks brilliant.”