1 RAR REUNION PLANNING UPDATE

1 RAR 75TH BIRTHDAY REUNION OCTOBER 2020

Please find below the proposed sequence of events for the Battalion’s 75th Birthday celebrations in October. The dedication of the Vietnam First Tour Memorial from Holsworthy to Townsville will take place. The East Timor 20th and Afghanistan 10th anniversary of there deployments will also be honoured.
There will also be an opportunity for sub-units and groups who wish to have mini-reunions

Proposed Outline of Events (TBC).

Wed 14 Oct 20
PM…Association welcome drinks at venue TBA

Thu 15 Oct 20
AM. The re-dedication of the first tour memorial. Following this, a memorial service for all other conflicts held on the Battalion Parade Ground centred on the existing memorial.
The Battalion will scope providing a guard for this and the first tour service, band, Chaplin, Colours and mascot.

PM Association function at venue TBA. This will be along the lines of the Somalia reunion conducted previously and will pay tribute to the First Tour of East Timor 20th anniversary and Afghanistan 10th anniversary

Fri 16 Oct 20
AM. Opening of the History Room at the 1RAR Museum.

AM/PM. Open Day, possibly followed by a BBQ.

  1. Opportunity to hold group functions.

Sat 17 Oct 20
AM Parade (combined with 2 and 3RAR TBC)
PM ..Offs and SNCO dinner. This is for current serving members only from 1,2 and 3 RAR, with a limited amount of VVIPs and VIP. It is not intended for veterans. Having said that, if 2 and 3RAR don’t attend some veterans may be able to attend.

  1. Opportunity to hold group functions or we take over a venue for combined informal drinks.

All times above TBC.

As more details become available they will be posted, this will allow you all time for planning your return to Townsville

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Why Veterans Reunite

“I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite.  Not to tell stories or look at old pictures.  Not to laugh or weep.  Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted at their best; men who suffered and sacrificed together, who were stripped of their humanity.  I did not pick these men.  They were delivered by fate and the military. But I know them in a way I know no other men.

I have never given anyone such trust.  They were willing to guard something more precious than my life.  They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me.  It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another.  

As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day.  I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades…Such good men.”

By an unnamed Soldier