On Friday 21 September 2018, The Hon Fred Nile ED MLC hosted a luncheon in the NSW Parliament House Dining Room to thank those who had participated in Reserve Forces day over the 20 years it was part of our nation's commemoration of service.
Please use the controls below to view a slide show of the commemoration. Just press the GREEN button to see the slides play, there are only 126 of them
The National Parade
Video of the great final national parade, Sydney 1 July 2018:
Video of the Media Coverage (Channels 9 and 7) of the final national parade.
Photos of the Parade taken by Peter Butterworth
Community Service Announcements 2018
The Reserve Forces Day 2018 TV and Radio Community Service Announcements are now able to be viewed below. Here is the narrator’s script.
In 1918 Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, a reservist officer led the newly formed Australian corps of the five Australian Divisions in successful battles fought at Le Hamel 4 July and Amiens 8 August. These battles brought the war to an early conclusion and saved thousands of Australian lives. I encourage serving and former reservists to march with pride in the 20th anniversary of reserve forces national parade in sydney and in other centres throughout Australia the 1st of July. I ask the public to support them by attending this significant event.
The Sydney Parade Announcement
The Other Centres Announcement
CLICK HERE To follow what happened in France in 1918. CLICK HERE To follow the parallel action in Palestine (now Israel, Jordan and Syria) in 1918.
Briefing and Prize Giving
On 26 March 2018 a briefing was conducted for the 2018 parade, and prizes presented to those who took part in the 2017 parade. The Awards were numbers relate to images below:
No 1 Special Mention for the Australian Air Force Cadets
No 2 Best Assocaition with over 20 members - New South Wales Scottish Regimental Association
No 3 The Best overall Unit Association on the day – 1/15 RNSWL
No 4 The Unit Association considred to have just missed out - National Service Association
No 5 The Best Association Sergeant Major – WO1 Bob Smith (Award accepted by MAJ Mal Botfield)
No 6 The Best Standard Bearer – TPR Brian Walters (Award accepted by MAJ Len Koles)
No 7 The MAJGEN Rosenthal Award for the Best Formation accepted by Len Koles on behalf of the 5 BDE commander Col Don Tait OAM
No 8 Banner Parties Award - Australian Air League
No 9 Best Unit Association with fewer than 20 Members – The Naval Reserve Association
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
National Chairman the Honourable Tim Fischer AC
National Executive Officer and NSW Chairman Lieutenant Colonel John Moore OAM RFD ED Retd