RSL sub-branch marks 95 years of service

THE Taree RSL will celebrate its 95th Anniversary on Wednesday, December 18.

The Returned and Services League of Australia New South Wales Branch (RSL NSW) was formed in 1917 and currently has 43,836 members in 383 sub-branches.

The Taree sub-branch received its charter on December 18, 1918 at a meeting at the Belmore Hall prior to a reunion held that evening.

During the 95 years the sub-branch has been active in providing for the well-being and care of serving and ex-service personnel and prominent in conducting commemoration services and remembrance of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the defence of our nation.

In later years the Taree sub-branch made substantial donations to the community. In 1980, the sub-branch donated $250,000 to Manning Valley Senior Citizens Homes Limited $250.000, 1986 it gave $25,000 to Wingham and District War Memorial Hospital hydrotherapy pool, along with numerous other donations to youth organisations and enhancements to the memorials.

"This year marks an historic event and extremely important day in our branches long history," sub-branch president, Bob Coombes said.

The anniversary organising committee has been busy over the past 17 months in planning for the event.

The guest of honour will be the national president of the RSL, Rear Admiral Ken Doolan AO RAN (Retd) along with both local federal and State members of parliament. Greater Taree City Council and sister RSL sub-branches are sending representatives and some Taree sub-branch members will travel from around the State to attend this special occasion.

The day's program will commence at 11am at the memorial pool at Club Taree with a solemn commemoration ceremony and wreath laying, dedicated to the founding members of the sub-branch and those members who are no longer with us.

The Australian Armed Forces Heritage Re-enactment Unit from Newcastle will provide the catafalque party for the ceremony.

This will be followed by the anniversary luncheon.

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