Invite to soldiers old and young to stand side by side

Veterans Steve Fleming, Rob Sweet, David King, Douglas Mann and Alex Lennox. Picture: Marcus Whisson d418376
Veterans Steve Fleming, Rob Sweet, David King, Douglas Mann and Alex Lennox. Picture: Marcus Whisson d418376

Rob Sweet from the North Beach RSL sub-branch said he hoped younger veterans would attend the 2014 ceremonies throughout Perth.

‘It seems some of the younger veterans think it’s just all these old fellas.

‘But when they do come along, they do tend to find and realise that we’ve all got some sort of camaraderie and we find we all get on together having served our country,’ Mr Sweet said.

‘State RSL president Graham Edwards has asked that younger veterans take a greater part and has asked them to actually lead the marches onto the parades this year.’

Mr Sweet, who served in the Australian Navy in the Borneo and Indonesian confrontations as well as the escort ships to Vietnam over a 20-year period, said the members of the RSL were looking forward to spending the day with old friends.

‘They’re looking forward to it; they’re seeing people that you don’t get to see for the rest of the year, renewing their old friendships and looking forward to seeing more of the younger veterans taking part.

‘We’re trying to commemorate the Anzac spirit, the spirit of being an Australian and helping one another and supporting one another.’

Mr Sweet said he was touched to see the enthusiasm from Australian children every Anzac Day.

‘The enthusiasm of the younger people, the young schoolchildren are so interested in Anzac Day and everything it stands for.’

‘On Anzac Day, we’ll be having one of our older World War II veterans and one of the younger veterans from Afghanistan laying the sub-branch wreath.’

The Duncraig resident said the RSL provided opportunities for returned veterans to take part in activities throughout the year, including kayaking tours, fun runs and walking groups.