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Local tribute honouring servicemen and women

Thursday, 13th February, 2020

Laurie Camilleri lays a wreath at a past National Servicemen’s Day service. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Laurie Camilleri lays a wreath at a past National Servicemen’s Day service. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Emily McInerney

A tribute to all servicemen and women will be held on Sunday.

The memorial service will be conducted at the Salvation Army Citadel in Wolfram Street and is being held by the local Sub Branch of the National Servicemen’s Association. It will begin at 10.30am.

Association secretary Merry Pedergnana said they have held the service at the Citadel for a number of years now.

“We used to have it at the Legion Club but it closed,” she said.

“We attended a Police Remembrance Service at the Citadel and everyone really liked the church service so we agreed that the Salvation Army would be the best place to host our service.

“They are always there for people in times of trouble.

Mrs Pedergnana said that the National Servicemen’s Day memorial is being held during the church service for the Salvation Army.

It was always a lovely service, she said.

“We’re not seeing as many Nashos as they are all getting older. A lot of them are in their 80s.

“We tend to get kindred association representatives there and people from the Salvation Army congregation. Everyone is welcome to attend.”

Conscription for National Service was done over two separate periods. The first group between 1951 and 1962.  

These Servicemen were trained in warfare skills for support in Korea and South East Asia.  

The 1963 to 1972 National Servicemen were conscripted for two years and made up a  large part of the Regular Army, Navy and Air Force. Their conflict was in Vietnam.

“We’re very grateful for the Salvation Army for hosting us, they are there in times of need for everyone.”

Any inquiries may be directed to Merry Pedergnana on 0407 375 915.

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