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Long Tan Day Activities 18 August 2017
The Commanding Officer and all ranks of 6 RAR have issued an invitation for all past members and family to join them on Long Tan Day this year.
This wonderful opportunity has been offered for all former members to visit the Battalion to see what today’s Diggers are doing and as importantly, see what equipment they are using as they prepare for deployment in the Middle East 2018/19.
1. Commemoration St John’s Cathedral – 1000 h :
This will centre on supporting the Long Tan Commemorative Church Service in Brisbane City on the Morning of 18 Aug 17. D Coy will provide a guard / general duties and the Colour Party. D Coy will further coordinate Gallipoli Barracks base access.
2. Reunion – 1630 for 1700 h until 2000h.
This will be the Battalion’s main effort on the day. The intent is to encourage as many 6 RAR people (and their families) as possible to ‘Return to Long Tan Lines’. We think it important that we do this on the Day after which the lines were named - thus it is a complementary effort. In doing so, we will seek to have an evening reception / function to which all former 6 RAR people can attend. It will be well established and coordinated including:
a. NOTE: prior registration for base access –
It is essential you register your name and details a few days prior to entry to ease access to the Garrison.
Please send an email to:firstname.lastname@example.org stating names of all those in your party. The lead person should have photo ID. Your entry to the barracks depends on this.
Once parked at 6 RAR, you will find-
b. a social atmosphere with seating, bar areas and some food
c. interactive features with the current Officers and Soldiers (displays / demonstrations / access to the Museum)
d. Music (for atmosphere – not a rock concert)
e. Timed formal announcements to explain the purpose of the evening (from 6 RAR and the 6 RAR Association). Start: 1630 for 1700, Finish: 2000
Ultimately, the purpose is to provide an environment in which 6 RAR people (past and present) connect and enjoy returning to the Battalion.
Food and beverages including tea and coffee will be available around the lines on a Pay As You Go basis. The Association will also have a Merchandise point.
The effort being put in on your behalf by 6 RAR, is immense and your association would love to see you avail yourself of this splendid and rare opportunity. If you know a former member who is out of the loop, bring them back to the 6 RAR family.
Vietnam veteran’s day. In the Blue mountains of Sydney.
Veterans of the Blue mountains just west of Sydney have always remembered those that made the ultimate sacrifice or were wounded during the Vietnam War. Their ceremony is always very well attended. This year’s ceremony will be held in Springwood on Sunday 14th of August.
The day starts about 1130 with a march to the war memorial for the service and wreath-laying. Form up is only a few hundred meters from the station and will be obvious.
During the service at the war Memorial, AIRCDR Richard Lennon will give the address and Terry Ryan and Tom Humphries Long Tan veterans will be attending the commemoration.
After the service the organizing committee, the Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans and Associated forces will provide a limited amount of free drinks and finger food for anyone wearing medals at the Royal Hotel following the service. Other watering holes are the Springwood Sporting club and the Oriental Hotel. All three venues will supply lunch at regular prices.
How to get there; by train from Central. Departs 0918 arrives 1040 or the later one Departs 0948 arrives 10:40. A later train arrives after the march starts. From your specific location check the time table at www.sydneytrains.info/timetables/#landingPoint noting you will need to be on the train that arrives at Springwood at 10:40.
If you are traveling by car as an indicator from central it should take you 1 hour 30 Minutes via the Great Western Highway.
Hope to see you there.
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2017 Commemorative Golf Day
On Sunday 13th August 2017 the Beenleigh RSL Sub-branch will host a Commemorative Social Golf Match with the aim of veteran and community groups competing in an Ambrose competition. We hope to attract teams from all military associations in the Brisbane and surrounding area. PLEASE TAKE STEPS TO GET YOUR ASSOCIATION TEAM REGISTERED ASAP before all available team spaces are filled. This promises to be a great and enjoyable event with tee off at 12.30 pm and presentation ceremony at 5 pm.
Teams are to comprise 4 people and may be all male, all female or mixed. An Ambrose competition gives all teams the chance of doing well and should ensure maximum enjoyment without the need for a team full of champions.
Attached is a flyer/poster that provides details. Green fees have been reduced for this special event. Note teams are invited to sponsor a hole at a cost of 100 dollars …for example the 4 RAR Association team will sponsor Hole number 4 while the 6 RAR Association are sponsoring Hole number 6! Sponsoring a hole allows a team/organisation to promote their association etc. by displaying banners and the like.
To register please contact our golf pro-shop direct on 07 32871951 and quote ‘Commemorative Golf Day’.
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VICTOR 4 COMPANY REUNION combined with 6 RAR ASSOCIATION
The reunion in New Zealand was planned around the ANZAC Day date was from all reports, a highly succesful event and enjoyed by those who made the journey across the ditch.
Victor 4 Company has strong links to 6 RAR so we have provided the link below so that you can see some of their photos.
A more comprehensive report will be offered soon, followed by coverage in STAND TO. Victor Company also have a comprehensive website which can be visited by clicking www.v4coy.com
Major Pat Hibbs, Commandant Waiouru Military Training Facility, presented a Kiwi slouch hat to the 6 RAR visitors on behalf of Victor 4 2 RARNZ (ANZAC).
The photo below shows Mick Vanbrugh presenting this Kiwi Slouch hat to Dave McDonald at the National Memorial Walk.
POSITION VACANT -URGENT - SECRETARY
Your association is seeking the services of a Full or Associate member to fill the role of Secretary, 6 RAR Association. To date we have not had a dispute over remuneration, as there is none. Something you will gain but not bank though, is the great satisfaction that comes from looking after your mates' and their families interests when it comes to filling such a role. You are asked to express your interest to email@example.com
'STAND TO' Subscriptions
It is time now to re-subscribe to our newsletter, 'Stand To'. The newsletter is to be produced and mailed out to subscribers tri-annually for the cost of $55 until June 2020 subscription. Great value and easy to stay in touch with something you can hold and read. Follow this link for a sample of Stand To (12 Mb)
After lots of campaigning for the 6 RAR Association to open a new membership category so that the kids of 6 RAR/ex-6 RAR members can join the association, the members voted at the 6RAR reunion in June 2015 to allow it.
There is now a new Associate Member classification. People in this category are permitted to attend all meetings, will be included in emails regarding what the Association is doing but will have NO VOTING rights at meetings. There is no membership fee for this category. To ensure you all stay informed of events and functions, Teresa Pyne has volunteered to sit on the committee on behalf of the Associate Members, and help out with Minutes. If you have any questions you can contact the Secretary, Graham Smith firstname.lastname@example.org) or Teresa Pyne – (email@example.com)
If anyone wants to subscribe to receive the STAND TO magazine produced by the 6 RAR Association, it will cost $80 which provides three magazines per year until 2020. If you have stories or poems, or whatever, that you think will be interesting for readers of STAND TO, you are welcome to submit them to the Editor for consideration (Final decision on inclusions is the Editors). You can email the Editor, Bob Bettany at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Note: The form to register as an associate member and to receive STAND TO is here (If you want to pay by credit card please note there is a 3% levy to cover our PayPal charges).
The President, Ben McDevitt and the 6 RAR Association committee hereby invite you to join our Association as an Associate Member. We look forward to catching up with and meeting you at upcoming events.
Please return all forms to The Secretary (postal address on form or email to email@example.com)
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