Descendants of World War I soldiers are urged to attend this year’s pre-Anzac Day march to be held by Richmond RSL Sub-branch this Sunday, April 13.
University student Greg West, 21, from Wilberforce will be attending with his grandparents. His great grandfather Arthur Horace Cave set off for the war on board the Boorara from Melbourne in May 1917, to serve with the 1st Light Horse in Egypt. Unlike so many, he came back, not passing away until 1969.
The NSW Minister for Veteran Affairs Victor Dominello came out to Richmond RSL Sub-branch yesterday, Wednesday, April 9, to urge descendants and relatives of Defence personnel who served in any of the wars to march along with the veterans to Richmond War Memorial this Sunday.
Richmond RSL Sub-branch’s Gill Fletcher said it was going to be another huge event this year, with 42 wreath layers and representatives from the RAAF’s Commodore Air Lift Group, Air League, Air Cadets and a catafalque party. The commanding officer from 22 Squadron, Ron Tilley, will also be there. ‘‘This year we’ll also have a couple from TS Nepean, the Navy group,’’ Ms Fletcher said.
Those who would like to march should contact Ms Fletcher on 0438 782 419. Failing that, show up to Richmond RSL Sub-branch office on West Market Street next to the School of Arts by 2pm to form up with the veterans. Bring your relative’s medals if possible.
The march leaves the Sub-branch at 2.30pm and marches down West Market to Windsor Street, then down Windsor Street to East Market Street and on to the war memorial in the park. The service will begin at around 3pm and the march will go back to the Sub-branch office around 3.30pm.
West Market, Windsor and March streets will be closed for the duration of the march.