Facebook post by Richard Southey 11th November 2021
I donned my SAMVOA kit and dog tags this morning to attend a short but touching ceremony held at the Ringwood RSL. It always amazes me how Australia pays its respect to the fallen. Trains and traffic stopped, construction work ceased and as the tools fell silent tradies of all nationalities attending the ceremony stood respectfully to one side with hard hats tucked neatly under arms - to a man. The last post and the rouse played by a local student, the Lord's prayer and a fitting poem recited then wreaths solemnly laid without pomp and ceremony including Federal politicians present, culminating in the National anthem "Advance Australia Fair" and Veterans of all ages standing to attention. The weather was absolutely magnificent. We were escorted back to the RSL by the Piper playing a medley to enjoy refreshments kindly provided by the RSL. I met an old digger there who happened to be the same rank as I and also conscripted at the time - a "nasho". We swapped stories and had a laugh at the days which were. I made a friend. I am so proud to be a Veteran .... Lest we forget!