Eastern Regional RSL urges young soldiers, families to seek help through club


Raymond Kennedy and Stephen Harper will be hosting an Anzac Day service.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d468288
Raymond Kennedy and Stephen Harper will be hosting an Anzac Day service. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d468288

EASTERN Regional Returned and Services League (RSL) sub-branch members are urging young soldiers and families to seek relief through the club.

The Town of Bassendean and the Eastern Regional RSL sub-branch in Bassendean were scheduled to hold a touching Anzac Day commemorative service this morning.

RSL member and former army reservist Ray Kennedy said the club had about 120 members, which included World War II veterans, retired soldiers and younger ex-service personnel.

“These days there is a wider membership which could be families of members, emergency service people,” he said.

“(Anzac Day) is to remember those who served the country, especially those who stayed behind and even those who just fought and were imprisoned in World War II and in Japan who went through sheer hell.

“All these things are in the back of your mind.”

Mr Kennedy said his father served in Greece in 1941 and was part of the II Anzac Corps, an army corps that was formed as part of the reorganisation of the Australian Imperial Force.

“People are probably not aware that there was a II Anzac Corps,” he said.

Vietnam veteran Stephen Harper said people needed to recognise the “necessity” of past wars.

“You get frustrated and you recall too late for relief,” he said.

“We are getting a few young ones but I think there should be more so they can realise they can get more help through legacy in the RSL.”

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