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Respect for the reserves

Monday, 6th July, 2015

Padre Ross Mawby delivers his speech at the service yesterday. Padre Ross Mawby delivers his speech at the service yesterday.

By Michael Murphy

The Reserve Forces had a “proud past steeped in history” and were “integral” to the prosperity of all Australians, Padre Ross Mawby told a small gathering at a commemoration service yesterday.

About 30 people gathered at the local army barracks yesterday morning to pay their respects at a Reserve Forces Day Service.

The event was hosted by the 10/27South Australian Regiment in conjunction with the National Servicemen’s Association.

“Today we remember and honour the service past and present given by Australia’s Reserve Forces,” Padre Ross Mawby told the crowd.

He said the reserves had been an integral part of a force that has guaranteed the “freedom and prosperity of all Australians”.

“This year ... and the next three years, are years of remembrance that highlight the tremendous sacrifice by members of our defence forces 100 years ago during World War 1, some of whom honed their military skills in peacetime units such as the school cadets, and local militias similar to the reserves.”

He said the dawn landing at Gallipoli had been celebrated as a defining moment in Australia’s character and development as a nation.

“Yet to come the battle of Lone Pine ... the charge of the Australian Light Horse Brigade at the Nek, and later the successful evacuation of Anzac forces from the peninsula.

“Without the volunteers there would have been no Australian Force; and without those who had trained in the local militias - from the officer corps to the ordinary soldier - the entire operation would have been much less effective.”

The crowd included two visitors from the Hunter Valley, NSW, on their way to Oodnadatta, SA. Ian and Kris Burnet sought out the service after reading about it in the BDT.

“We just knew we had to be somewhere for Reserve Forces Day,” Ian said.

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