President Update – 23 April 2020

Dear Members,

Our Patron and Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC has graciously recorded a video message to all of us in the lead-up to ANZAC Day, thanking members for championing the ANZAC Spirit and delivering on the mission of the RSL.

Please watch the video message and join me in reflecting on the importance of the ANZAC Spirit and our role in respecting, supporting and remembering our veterans and their families.

A transcript of the video message is available below.

Yours,

Ray James

Acting State President


Transcript

As we approach ANZAC Day, as Patron, I wish to thank the RSL for their long and steadfast championing of the ANZAC spirit – a spirit that has served our men and women so well for more than a century.

This is especially so this year, when the way in which we commemorate ANZAC Day will be so different from years past.

State President Ray James said recently: “During these difficult and uncertain times, it is vital that we stay true to our values of mateship and camaraderie.”

Even though, this year, we cannot enjoy the physical camaraderie of the friendships and connections that sustain us, ANZAC Day 2020 remains the pivotal occasion when we honour all who have served in Australia’s Defence Forces, a time when we honour and seek to emulate their qualities of Courage, Mateship, Endurance, Humour and Ingenuity.

How fortunate, then, are we as a community to have the ANZAC spirit so ingrained in our national psyche:

  • A spirit which tells us that we are a community and that, as our service men and women have always done, and continue to do, we respond to a crisis as a community and for our community;
  • A spirit that each of you embodies and imparts to all of us;
  • A spirit that means that even the technologically challenged amongst us will find a way to connect to those who are dear to us.

There is no doubt that we will get through this crisis and it is heartening to see your community spirit at this time as you deal with the constraints on your daily life.  Thank you.  It makes one proud to be part of this community.

Our RSL Strategic Plan also enables us to look forward to brighter days. Bringing the veteran community together under one umbrella, working collectively to respect, support and remember our veterans and their families remains at the heart of what we do.  Rest assured, that work will continue.

Keep safe.

Lest We Forget.

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