Honour never diminishes

Major Lyndon Jackson (13 Brigade), march leader Tina O'Hara and RSL Rockingham president Mick Ryan.
Major Lyndon Jackson (13 Brigade), march leader Tina O'Hara and RSL Rockingham president Mick Ryan.

A former signal corps member of the New Zealand Army and a former president of the Rockingham RSL sub-branch ” the first woman to hold the role ” Ms O’Hara has had a considerable role in a number of Rockingham’s Anzac Day memorials as her involvement is not just limited to her role as ex-president.

‘It’s always nice to be asked, even though I have carried out the role before,’ she said.

‘I’m the (RSL) club’s Anzac Day co-ordinator, helping to organise the day, and it’s good to give a helping hand.

‘I’ve been asked to sing the New Zealand national anthem this year, even though I don’t think I have a good singing voice, but (the RSL) obviously do because I sang it last year and they want me to do it again.’

Describing Rockingham RSL as ‘one big, happy family’, Ms O’Hara, now a defence contractor at HMAS Stirling, said like most current and former servicemen and women, Anzac Day holds a special place for her and her own family as a number of her relatives served in past conflicts.

‘My uncle served in Vietnam and my grandfather served during World War I,’ she said. We all share that military background and they make you feel welcome.’