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WHAT HAPPENED IN 2014 >>>>>> <<<<<< WHAT HAPPENED IN 2014

2014 a Great Set of Parades

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. 

CLICK HERE 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.



Register your Interest to March

If you are interested in taking part in Reserve Forces day 2014, use the button to the left to register your interest. You will receive updates about the parades in your state. 

Tim Fischer the National Chairman 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 sponsors.

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 2013.


2012 Parade Video Available for Purchase

The 2012 National (Sydney) Reserve Forces Day Parade Video is now available for purchase. A steal at $25. Click Here to visit our online shop.


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


Reservists gather to remember their service on Reserve Forces Day

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Major Sponsors

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McKersey's Printing 104 Alexander St Crows Nest 2065  (02) 9438 5733

Click here to go to the RSL NSW Website

Click here to go to the Boeing in Australia

Click here for details of the Israel Travel ANZAC Day and Beersheba Tours



A Place to Visit

Click Here to go to the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway

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Reserve Forces Day Council Inc
RECOGNISING THE VALUE OF RESERVE SERVICE TO THE NATION ON JULY 1
Patron in Chief His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
NSW Patron Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales
National Chairman the Honourable Tim Fischer AC
National Executive Officer and NSW Chairman Lieutenant Colonel John Moore OAM RFD ED Retd

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