Reserve Forces Day 2012

Two weeks before the appointed day, with The Domain in Sydney a quagmire from recent rain and a doubtful forecast for the day, a decision was taken to change the venue to the Sydney Town Hall. As events turned out the rain held off, but the day went well and the audience experienced a spectacular event. This year marks the 110th anniversary of the end of the Boer War in South Africa. Descendants of soldiers from the South African campaign were presented with medallions prior to the parade forming up.

Photos courtesy of Ron Weewan.


The parade attendees waited downstairs in the assembly area.


Members of 23 Field Regiment Association at their assembly point.


Meanwhile friends and guests were entertained in the main hall by a band formed from past and present Reserve bands, conspicuously among them former members of the 18 LAA Regt Band,


as well as the band of the 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers,

(The Lancers, along with 'A' Fd Bty and the Australian Mounted Rifles, were involved in the South African wars)

  the Pipes and Drums  
and the Sydney Singers.
  The Sydney Army Band in position for the main event.  
The Flags were marched in by cadets of the three services.
Moving on to parade.
Ready to march on the Banners.
  The Banners in position.  
Chief of the Defence Forces GEN David Hurley, taking the general salute.
  The Governor of NSW seated at a spectacular assembly.  
Her Excellency, Professor Marie bashir, AC, CVO, receives a general salute.

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