Anzac Day: New mural to be showcased at Bassendean Eastern Regional RSL

L-R: David Beacham (2/4 Battalion Butterworth Airbase Malaysia), Ashley Vince (President, Bassendean (Eastern Regional) RSL) and Andrew Robertson (1RAR Somalia) seen here with the new mural on the Bassendean (Eastern Regional) RSL building. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d492319
L-R: David Beacham (2/4 Battalion Butterworth Airbase Malaysia), Ashley Vince (President, Bassendean (Eastern Regional) RSL) and Andrew Robertson (1RAR Somalia) seen here with the new mural on the Bassendean (Eastern Regional) RSL building. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d492319

AN “iconic” mural featuring war veterans and a nurse will be showcased at the Bassendean Eastern Regional RSL on Anzac Day.

Artist Brendan Lewis has painted Victoria Cross recipients Mark Donaldson, Keith Payne, Dan Keighran, World War I soldier Miller Mac and WWI nurse Agnes Day and numerous poppies.

The mural has added colour and character to the RSL hall facade.

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Member David Beacham, who served in the 2/4 Battalion Butterworth Airbase Malaysia, said they wanted people to notice the military history of Bassendean.

“We wanted to create an iconic building in Bassendean because previously it just looked like a hall,” he said.

“The best way to do that was to spruce up our building so people would come here and have a look.”

Mr Beacham said Anzac Day was for those who served and never returned and those who served and returned from all conflicts.

People who attend the RSL’s Anzac Day event will be able to view the mural.

The event will follow a service at the Bassendean War Memorial and an annual parade.

There will be light lunch, drinks and a performance by the Blind River Blues Bland at 2pm.

The mural. Picture: David Baylis

President Ashley Vince said they were also holding a dawn service in Bayswater and another service in Guildford before the Bassendean parade and service started at 10.45am.

“It is a day where we as a nation remember the fallen,” he said.

“It is also a day for RSL members to think of their brothers in arms who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world from World War I right through to the current day.”

Mr Beacham urged people to join the military, especially the army and infantry.