Bassendean Eastern Regional RSL to honour veterans

Bassendean Eastern Regional RSL's headquarters. Picture: David Baylis.
Bassendean Eastern Regional RSL's headquarters. Picture: David Baylis.

BASSENDEAN Eastern Regional RSL’s new president Andrew Robertson says honouring fallen soldiers is a “small token” of the respect they deserve.

The RSL and the Town of Bassendean will hold a Remembrance Day service at the Bassendean War Memorial on November 11.

RSL members will join the Western Grunts Military Motorcycle Club for a motorcycle ride and a small commemoration at the RSL, where the Tobacco Road band will be performing on November 10.

Mr Robertson, who served in 1RAR and deployed to Somalia, said while the RSL did not have any World War veterans, it had some World War members.

“Remembrance Day is a time (where) we reflect on fallen mates, whether you knew them or not,” he said.

“Soldiers are brothers by choice and honouring their sacrifice is a small token of the respect they deserve.”

Bassendean War Memorial. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

Mr Robertson said the club strived to provide a place veterans could relate to and revive connections with their brothers and sisters in arms.

“The RSL is a community establishment and non-service personnel are more than welcome to attend,” he said. “We’ve got some great local community members who have offered their lives to protect their homes and loved ones.

“Service personnel are unlike most people in that they are loud and brash at times but extremely humble underneath the brashness. Get to know them, they’ll show you their world and allow you to see the world through their eyes.”

The RSL is scouting for more members to join its Friday social sessions from 4.30pm.

For information, call the Town on 9377 8000 or visit the RSL’s Facebook page.

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