ANZAC Day is for Veterans

The RSL in Western Australia has reversed its decision to allow wives and relatives of Veterans to march among Vets.

I believe this is a sound decision.

ANZAC Day was (and still is) about Veterans.

While the families (particularly wives and children) have played an enormous role in their spouse’s service, they still do not belong with units during the March.

The appropriate place is in a group towards the rear of the march: perhaps just ahead of the overseas contingents.

I am sure members of the RSL (of which I am one) would be divided on the issue. However, they could conduct a survey to find out what members want.

Meantime, the wives and family members would be all too welcome to mix with units before or after the March. Most units have reunions, which I’m sure would welcome relatives.


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