ANZAC DAY 2017 - 6 RAR Enoggera
This year the Battalion will mark ANZAC day in Long Tan Lines in much the same fashion as recent years. Where possible, we would like as many family, friends, former Officers, Soldiers and Association Members to join us; and I ask that you please pass this message through 'Stand-To'. The general 'order of march' is as follows:
0400 h - Gun-Fire Breakfast. Each Coy will RV and hold a Gun Fire breakfast in front of their respective Coy lines. BHQ will hold a Gun Fire breakfast IVO the Dan Keighran VC Club (DKVCC). Former members and family are invited to join their hosts at respective locations. Unescorted visitors are invited to attend the BHQ Gun Fire breakfast in the DKVCC.
0445 h - Move to the Long Tan Memorial Grove
0500 h - Dawn Service
0545 h - Breakfast at the DKVCC
0830 h - Unescorted visitors will be asked to commence departing the Barracks as the Bde prepares to participate in the ANZAC Day March in the City
0900 h - All unescorted visitors are requested to be clear of the Barracks as the Bde prepares to depart for the ANZAC Day March in the City
1330 h - Upon return from the City the Battalion will open the DKVCC for lunch and normal ANZAC Day activities (two-up, AFL coverage, etc).
1. Gallipoli Barracks will be open to all who wish to attend the Gunfire Breakfast, Dawn Service and post-service Breakfast. Access will primarily be through the Lloyd St gate and car parking is available near the Battalion on Dalziel St. There will be additional parking available on Coy Parade grounds, which will be marked and signposted.
2. It is recommended that visitors plan to access the base from 0300h IOT be parked and assembled in time for the Gun Fire Breakfast
3. Some seating will be available for guests at the Dawn service. For visitors in need of seat - please advise the POC below.
4. Given the Battalion's commitment to the march in the City, the DKVCC Bar will not be open at Breakfast.
5. Gallipoli Barracks base access post the march in Brisbane City will be restricted, yet the Battalion is working with the Base security services to investigate modified access arrangements - particularly for 6 RAR friends and family. This may require 'prior registration'.
Following the march, the Daniel Keighran VC Club will be open for members of the Battalion and the Association, family and friends of the Battalion.
We are trying to streamline your post-march entry onto the base however can only do so if you comply with the following-
Send an email to email@example.com containing the following information:
1. Your name as appears on your photo id, plus names of family or friends travelling with you.
2. Your address including postcode
3. Your expected mode of entry e.g. taxi, car, foot
4. Your years of service with 6 RAR
Remember, it is up to you to provide this information. Failure to do so may mean a long wait or being turned away from the gate.
2IC B Coy, CAPT Bryce Turner, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANZAC Day March - Brisbane
All former members of 6 RAR are invited to join the 6 RAR Association contingent in this year's ANZAC Day march. The Battalion will be marching seperately.
The march normally starts at 1000 h and the FUP for 6 RAR Association is usually at the upper end/corner of Mary St, facing George St. Please try and be there by 1030 hrs.
Order of march is;
There are March Protocols (Brisbane) to be observed and you are expected to comply with these if you intend marching behind the 6 RAR Association Banner.
It’s That Time - George Mansford
ANZAC Day, that special day of the year will soon to be with us.
It is a day to reflect on the immense sacrifice of our fallen and so many others who returned with scarred minds and broken bodies. It is a time to remind ourselves of the consequences of war for both the victorious and the defeated. It is a time for us to remember that war is the last desperate act when all other options have failed.
It is a time to remember the love of country, duty, honour, the powerful mateship, stubbornness and humour in the face of adversity so often demonstrated by those who served.
All of these qualities and more are a proud signature of our nation which began with the arrival of the First Fleet. Characteristics nurtured by each generation and have become the building block of our national identity. Today we know it as The Spirit of Australia which helps us to face adversity together, be it in peace or war.
Our national spirit was tested in bloody and challenging telling times at Gallipoli and subsequent campaigns to this very day.
ANZAC day is honoured throughout our entire nation and provides many messages of devotion to duty by our men and women at war.
It also provides a clear signal of who we are and what we are. Australians who are prepared to lend a hand to any country in times of need. Australians, who believe in peace and above all, a way of life which if under threat, will never be compromised, no matter the cost.
We owe that not only to ourselves but the Anzacs who seized the torch and gave it to those who follow. Nevertheless the Spirit could be eroded by greed, apathy, lack of purpose, poor leadership, evil intent and God forbid; disunity.
As we hurtle through the space age, no matter the challenges or hardships, we must as one keep that torch burning bright.
Reflections in April
Ask any digger from any war
“Why did you go to fight and what for?”
Doesn’t matter the veteran’s age or what campaign
The memories will flow with pride and a hint of pain
The old soldier answers and scenes from the past flow again
“To protect a way of life so precious which must never to be lost
To honour flag and country against threats whatever be the cost
To guard a sacred torch passed on by those before you and me
Aussies yet to be born have every chance to be happy and free
The sealed door of tomorrow can only be opened with our own key”
The threats will come in different ways and of that you can be sure
Frustrated revisionists, greed, apathy or evil from distant shores
There are those among us who try to usurp our nation’s rules
Two legged Chameleons using camouflage as a powerful tool
Not forgetting meek political arenas where we are treated as fools
Our freedom of speech is not a gift that arrives each year
It was once a dream and became reality with sweat, blood and tears
A citizen’s right to speak openly on what should or should not be
That is of course until we had tongues cut out with the law of 18C”
What is next? Perhaps narrow blinkers to wear so we can’t see?
The dangers to our nation and its way of life are very clear
Increasing contempt for law, while in locked homes, fear is so near
Rabid fanatics who were welcomed by us now muddy our door mats
Government disciples telling us what we can and can’t do
After all, they know best and who the bloody hell are you?
With our special day so near, it’s time to decide the beginning or end
Recover our way of life or keep our heads in the sand and pretend
George Mansford © April 2017
VICTOR 4 COMPANY REUNION
In conjunction with 6RAR
64 Panorama Drive
Ph. +64 27 5442882
21 - 25 April 2017
Greetings and Salutations,
Time is running out and an indication of your attendance to the above planned get together would be gratefully received.
The crew here has been busy and has planned a social gathering that I am sure you will enjoy.
Accommodation is available using single rooms at the Sergeants’ Mess, four- person rooms in the multi-story barracks and eight-person rooms.
Park up places for your Camper are available also at the Rugby Club and the Museum.
Costings are as follows:
Registration NZ$100 per person
Bed and Breakfast NZ$20 per person per night
Lunch and dinner NZ$20 per person per day
Park up for Campervans NZ$5 per night
There has been a busy weekend organized that will include a Marae welcome, hangi, barbecue, formal dinner, church parade, tours of the training areas and other activities.
The weekend will finish on Anzac Day with a Dawn Parade at the Museum alongside the local people (who are looking forward to our participation), followed by a Civic Parade and farewell lunch.
So to help with the planning, would you please fill in this form, and return it to the organizers at the above address or by email to email@example.com as soon as possible.
An Experience of War
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
RAR Memorial Walk (Enoggera)
Peter Adamis visited The Royal Australian Regiment Memorial Walk in 2004 and has recently put together a presentation of the 'Walk' as it was then. Even though this great living memorial constantly evolves, you will gain an insight into the dedication of 'Dad's Army' volunteers and the scope of the project.
Click the link above.
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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 email@example.com) or Teresa Pyne – (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com).
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.
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Cpl Daniel Keighran VC
All members of the 6 RAR Association warmly congratulate Cpl Daniel Keighran for the great honour of the Victoria Cross awarded to him today (1st Nov 2012) by the Governer General of Australia. Cpl Keighran was a member of 6 RAR MTF1, engaged on Operation Slipper when his gallant actions resulted in this award.
The citation reads:-
For the most conspicuous acts of gallantry and extreme devotion to duty in action in circumstances of great peril at Derapet, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan as part of Mentoring Task Force One on Operation SLIPPER. ......
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