Military reserves commemorated
MURWILLUMBAH honoured those who have served in Australia's Navy, Army and Air Force Reserves on Sunday with the town's first Reserve Forces Day parade in front of a small crowd at the cenotaph.
Organised by Murwillumbah RSL Sub Branch, Murwillumbah National Servicemen's Association, Legacy Murwillumbah and local divisions of the War Widows Guild and Vietnam Veterans, the parade also honoured those who were in the military part time prior to the outbreak of World War II on September 3, 1939.
The surviving “39ers” from the Tweed honoured on the day were Geoff Aked, Ernie Cobb, David Dean, Pat Dowling, Jock Murnane, Jack Peacock and Noel Whittle.
The objective of Reserve Forces Day is to raise the profile of the Navy, Army and Air Force Reserve and to recognise former and serving Reservists.
The 39ers were honoured because 2009 is the 70th anniversary of the beginning of WWII.
Legacy Murwillumbah division chairman Kevin Cheetham said Murwillumbah was one of only 20 towns to hold a Reserve Forces Day this year.
“I think we did a good job of acknowledging the role our Reserve Forces play in our military organisation and in paying tribute to our 39ers as they are affectionately known,” Mr Cheetham said.
A special message from Governor-General Quentin Bryce honoured the 39ers and acknowledged the country's debt to the Reserves for their commitment and courage in continuing a long tradition of distinguished service.