Lest We Forget
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
To celebrate Anzac Day we had a special visit from Terry Brown, Vice President of the Harlaxton Sub Branch of the Returned and Services League. Terry gave us a great insight into the role of the RSL in our community and their current projects including a major research project into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Terry highlighted the common misconception that “The RSL” is a club where people go for beer, poker machines, well-priced meals and entertainment, i.e. the Maroochydore RSL Club. RSL Clubs are separate commercial entities that carry the RSL name and provide the sub branch a meeting space. However the actual RSL is comprised of districts and sub-branches which provide vital wellbeing and welfare assistance to current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families and often have no affiliation with any RSL “Club”.
The Harlaxton RSL also has the fabulous Brass Band which provides music for ceremonial and memorial occasions such as the ANZAC Day events at Mother’s Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Services, Naval and Air Force Services in the Toowoomba and Darling Downs areas. The Band also performs at other events such as the Carnival of Flowers, Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival and other similar occasions in nearby towns. The Band also provides musical entertainment for the residents of Toowoomba's Retirement Villages and Nursing Homes.
Harlaxton RSL relies on memorabilia sales at local shopping centres before Anzac and Remembrance Days. They meet upstairs at the North Toowoomba Bowls Club and the first Friday of each month they receive proceeds from raffle ticket sales.
We thank Terry for his time and plan to see him for a drink on a Friday arvo soon at the North Toowoomba Bowls Club, which is at 2 Lemnos Street, Harlaxton.