National Servicemen’s Day 50th

by Melanie Gates

It’s a fiftieth anniversary service tomorrow for members of the local sub-branch of the National Servicemen’s Association as they hold a Memorial Church Service to pay tribute to those who served as National Servicemen or women.

When the last National Serviceman was discharged on February 14, 1973, the Australian government announced National Servicemen’s Day – a day for the country to pay tribute to the many servicemen and women who either lost their lives in the call to serve their country, or who returned from service to reunite with family and friends.

This year marks 71 years since the start of post World War Two National Service, which saw more than 29,000 young men called up in two schemes. Australia had compulsory training in the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) at various times between 1910 and 1945.

The service, which is also open to members of the public, will be held at 10:30am on Sunday February 12 at the Salvation Army Citadel, Wolfram Street. Members to muster at 10.15 am.

A dedication will also be held at 10am on Tuesday, beside the courthouse in Sulphide St.

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