RSL sub branches busy in lead up to Anzac Day

Ron Madigan will be talking at multiple Anzac Day services across the northside representing the Geebung, Zillmere, Bald Hills, Aspley RSL sub branch.
Ron Madigan will be talking at multiple Anzac Day services across the northside representing the Geebung, Zillmere, Bald Hills, Aspley RSL sub branch. Renee McKeown

FROM Kapyong to Bullecourt there are many services on and surrounding Anzac Day (April 25) across the northside to reflect on all battles and campaigns and more importantly those who served in them.

It is also a very busy time for the service men and women who are part of Sandgate RSL sub branch, Banyo RSL and Geebung, Zillmere, Bald Hills, Aspley RSL sub branch.

They are organising marches and services that attract thousands of people and coincides with the Anzac Day Centenary running from 2014 to 2018.

Geebung, Zillmere, Bald Hills, Aspley RSL sub branch secretary Ron Madigan said they were flat out organising their Anzac Day services, talks with schools as well as other special services this year.

"On April 24 we have Kapyong Day for the 3rd Battalion RAR - they were stuck on a hill (in Korea) and just had to fight the Chinese until they were rescued,” he said.

"On the 25th of course we have the Dawn Service and gunfire breakfast (along with other services).

"The significance of this is it commemorates the time the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli, they actually arrived on the beaches around 4.20am.

"We also have quite a few French service people and former Foreign Legion service people ... on Sunday April, 30 at 12pm we have a service commemorate Bullecourt (France) and Camerobe (Mexico).”

Mr Madigan served in Vietnam unit HQ ATF LAD (Head Quarters, Australian Taskforce, Light Aid Detachment).

"I was there near the end when we pulled out of Nui Dat, Goff Whitlam was in then,” he said.

"A lot of the guys try not to think about it, we just talk about the funny stuff.

"They called us the Pogos that was the nickname for us.

"We called cans of soft drink goffers, I have no idea why.

"The beer used to cost us 10 cents a can and Chivas Regal was $1.50.”

Last year marked the 50th anniversary of Vietnam, 75th Anniversary of WWII among other war and battle anniversaries.

This year will be the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Track campaign and the bombing of Darwin as well as other significant events from WWII.

For the Anzac Centenary there have been a range of special events and projects held around Brisbane in the past couple of years including new memorials at many of the local sub branches.

Services for April 25 this year include:

Geebung: 4.15am march and dawn service - corner of Newman Road and Collins Street.

Sandgate: 5.55am march from corner of Flinders Parade to Memorial Park for dawn service.

Aspley: 6am service at Aspley Hornets Club - Graham Road.

Banyo: 6.40am march in Melville Place to 7am service at RSL memorial on corner of St Vincent's Road and Royal Parade.

Bridgeman Downs: 7am service War Graves Section of Pinnaroo Cemetary - 294 Graham Road.

Zillmere: 7.30am march from the corner of Zillmere Road and Murphy Road to 8am service at O'Callaghan Park.

Sandgate: 9am march from Keogh Street to Memorial Park for 9.30am service.

Bald Hills: 9.45am march for 10am service at John Stewart Memorial Park, Gympie Road.

Topics:  anzac day 2017 aspley bald hills banyo bullecourt camerone dawn service french geebung kapyong kokoda campaign korean war march pinaroo rsl sub branch sandgate vietnam zillmere

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