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A Great Set of Parades in 2014
2014, 100 years since our Prime Minister Andrew Fisher vowed that Australia would
"help and defend Britain to the last man and the last
shilling". The conflict that was to last until 1918 cost 62 000
Australian lives, a terrible cost to a 4.5 million population. 1914
saw the raising and despatch of the first troops to the War, and the first
battle to cost Australian lives. 6 were killed taking control of German
New Guinea. In 1914 Australia had few permanent forces, the
reservists of that time formed the backbone of the Navy, ANMEF and AIF
that were to be sent overseas and write our country's name large in the
company of nations. The parades in 2014 commemorated the first
Australian conflict in WW1.
to download the full document about the ANMEF. The ANMEF and
formation of the AIF are the dual themes of our Reserve Forces Day parades
in 2014. CLICK
HERE for details of tours to ANZAC Centenary commemoration sites
including Rabaul where the ANMEF fought.
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The objective of the Reserve Forces Day is to raise the profile of the Navy, Army and Air Force Reserve, to recognise former and serving Reservists
(including those who served in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF), and
Citizen Air Force (CAF)) and to thank partners and employers for their support.
Reserve Forces Day is celebrated across Australia and is the annual recognition for serving and former members, the 1.25M Australians who have served in the nation's Reserve Forces. These public parades would not be possible without the wonderful support of our
Volunteers under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG QC formed the Reserve Forces Day Council in NSW in 1998. The inaugural National Chairman was the late Sir Roden Cutler VC AK KCMG KCVO CBE.
The Council is made up in the main of former members of the Navy, Army and Air Force who give of their time voluntarily to run the Reserve Forces Day activities. The inaugural Reserve Forces Day in 1998 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the reforming of the Citizen Military Forces after World War II on 1 July 1948 and Reserve service. The date of the first of July was chosen as the official date of Reserve Forces Day with the celebrations being held on that day or the weekend before or following that date.
The first parade was held on Wednesday the first of July 1998 with 8,000 serving and former members marching along George Street Sydney, in total 12 cities throughout the nation held parades with 22,000 serving and former members taking part with present and former equipment. It was such a success that many new Unit Associations were formed and existing Associations had increases in their membership. The Unit Associations and their members still see themselves as part of the Australian Defence Force family and although they are no longer serving are keen to support the current unit and their members. Such was the success of the 1998 event that parades and celebrations are now run annually throughout Australia.
By 2012, 20 parades and celebrations were held throughout Australia including 7 in NSW.
The Hon Tim Fischer AC was appointed National Chairman on 1 February
2014 Parade Video Available for Purchase
The 2014 National (Sydney) Reserve Forces Day Parade Video is now available for purchase. A steal at $25.
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RFDC Dress and Ceremonial Standards
Click Here to
download the Reserve Forces Day Council Dress and Ceremonial Standards
Manual (460 kb .pdf file). This manual is designed to give associations an indication of what is required to win a council award.
Click Here to download
the details of standards drill, a handout for standards bearers
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