CALLED by sub-branch president Kevin Setter to do so Moruya RSL members stood for a minute’s silence at Tuesday’s meeting with respect to the previous Friday’s Christchurch incident.
The rest of the meeting was largely spent hearing and discussing arrangements for next month’s Anzac Day. They included the sale of badges and other memorabilia, fund-raising that was denied last year due to legal problems, with stalls to operate from April 13…but not every day.
The twenty members present were told the Dawn Service on April 21 would be held at Moruya Memorial Hall from 5.30, the Bergalia Service would start at nine-o’clock with Moruya‘s march to set off from the corner of Shire Street and the Highway at 11.00am, followed by the Commemorative Service at the Memorial Hall at 11.30, then the traditional luncheon for veterans and partners.
It is planned to have part of the Dawn Service conducted in two languages…English and local Aboriginal. There has been a suggestion Maori might be included too
Then members were told of progress in the Honour the Fallen program that is to have Australian Flags placed over the graves of deceased ex-servicemen and women at Moruya Cemetery, and at Broulee Crematorium.
Mr Setter has that said people who would like to have flags flown over the graves, and ashes, of family members are being invited to get in touch with the sub-branch (PO Box 451, Moruya Post Office) to obtain an information sheet, or to contact by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. No costs would be incurred, he added. He said since his call was published here last month three people had contacted him, and he would like to hear from more
So far about fifty flags will be flown at Moruya Cemetery and 37 at Broulee Crematorium. Moruya High School is involved in the project.
Rick McCarthy told the meeting the scheme began only last year. It was hoped it would become nationwide.
Moruya RSL Hall under the care and control of Eurobodalla Shire Council Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council