National Servicemen’s Day
10th February 2019
National Servicemen Australia wide came together in their respective city’s and provincial towns to remember those Nasho’s who had passed away either on Australian or foreign shores.
Victoria’s main service was held at the Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne with many turning up to march and remember their mates.
The morning was very pleasant with sunshine to ward off any morning chills as we all moved around and chatted with people we had not seen for a while. Just before 11:15am, RSM John Douglas formed up the diggers, as the Airforce band was approaching, ready for step off at 11:30am.
With the Airforce Band leading providing musical accompaniment, at the sixth beat of the base drum we all stepped off in unison, lead by our flag and state banner bearers as we started our march from the bollards towards the steps leading to the forecourt. As the lead Nasho approached the saluting dais, eyes right was called and was held until the last man passed the dais.
Halt, right turn, stand at ease was given by the RSM. MC Peter Meehan spoke about National Service and how it came about in both 1951-59 and 1965-72 as we waited for a flyover of aircraft from the Point Cook Museum.
Peter spoke of Point Cook being the birthplace of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), which was renamed to the Royal Australian Air Force following its success in World War I. RAAF Base Point Cook was the Air Force’s only base from 1912 to 1925, when RAAF Base Richmond and RAAF Base Laverton were built.
On time six aircraft approached from the north, led by SQDLDR Glen Coy of the muesum flying demonstration team providing an excellent display as they flew the points of the compass before heading back to Point Cook.
At the completion of the fly over we we brought to attention once again and led by the Airforce band march off to the main auditorium for the main service and guest speaker.
MC Peter Meehan introduced Shrine Governor, COL George Mackenzie OBE RFD too welcome everyone to the Shrine of Remembrance.
The NSAA State President Mr Robert McIvor was invited to say a few words, “On behalf of the Association I welcome official guests, members of the Association and their families, the Airforce Band and members of the Armed Forces to mark National Servicemen’s Day. We are gathered to remember all National Servicemen who have served their country in the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army, or the Royal Australian Airforce, either on foreign seas, soil and air, or in their home country of Australia. We remember especially those who have paid the supreme sacrifice either during their service, or later as a consequence of that service.”
Chaplain for the day was LTCOL Russell (Rusty) Adams Salvation Army officiated with the Lords Prayer, Bible reading, Hymn, Psalm150, the ODE and the Benediction.
Airforce Vocalist ACW Samantha Morley sang, ‘I am Australian‘, ‘Abide with me’, I was only nineteen’ and Advance Australia Fair’.
The guest speaker was Dr Rosalie Triolo BA, DipEd, Med, PhD senior lecturer of History and Humanities Education at Monash University. Dr Trioli spoke of the many male teachers who enlisted, under some pressure from the Education department, and went off to battle some never returning others returned but were unable to fit back into society and some who returned to their teaching role bringing with them the wisdom of what they had been through. Rosalie asked if anyone had or knew of someone who had experiences of their time in the services that she would like to speak with them as she is continually expanding her file of information.
- State President NSAA: Mr Robert McIvor OAM
- Master of Ceremonies: Mr Peter Meehan
- Chaplain: LTCOL Rusty Adams, Salvation Army
- Shrine Life-Governor: COL George Mackenzie OBE RFD
- Guest Speaker: Dr Rosalie Triolo, BA DipEd MEd PhD
- NSAA State Patron: MAJGEN Jim Barry AM MBE RFD ED Rtd
- RAAF Flyover: SQNLDR Glen Coy, Point Cook RAAF Base Museum
- Director of Music AirForce: FLTLT Daniel Phillips
- AirForce Band Drum Major: FSGT Adam Schlemitz
- Bugler AirForce: LAC Michael Fraser
- Vocalist AirForce: ACW Samantha Morley
- Ceremonial WO Army: Trevor Logan RSM Ceremonial Victoria & Tasmania
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