|ANZAC DAY 2011 DARWIN|
ANZAC DAY 2011
2/6 Cavalry Commando Regiment &
2nd Cavalry Regiment Association.NT
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am writing to thank all members of the association that attended the ANZAC Day function held at the Deck Bar in Darwin City.
It was a great day that started with the Dawn Service held at 1st Brigade HQ Robertson Bks. This was a moving ceremony taking into account the recent loss of two soldiers from 1 Combat Engineer Regiment. From the service members of the association, their friends and family moved to the Light Horse Club for breakfast and a rum and coffee. It is also worth noting the roar from the gathered crowd as WO2 Courage, our Wedge Tailed Eagle was brought out to give a flight demonstration, but he decided not to play the game and instead flew up the 60ft tall stadium lights located next to the Regimental HQ. After about 20 min of coaxing he finally flew down to his handler LCPL Pearce only to jump off the glove, and fly back up the light pole.
The Association then moved to Darwin city where at 0900 we stepped off for our inaugural ANZAC Day march as an Association. With our new banner standing tall carried high by 6 volunteers from the Darwin Army Cadets. Many complements where given for how good the formed body looked with all members marching proudly in their black berets and suits with medals displayed.
At the completion of the march members moved to the Deck Bar for the function organised by the NT Branch committee. It was an anxious wait as the members waited 30 min till the taps would be opened at the bar. At 1000 the fun began with Two Up and Crown and Anchor being run with all proceeds being donated to Legacy. The Association also put $2000 over the bar in food and drinks.
Lunch time came around and a big thank you must be given to Jason the owner of the Deck Bar who put on a sausage sizzle with all proceeds going to Legacy. The day then continued on till about 1400 when the games where discontinued and the live band showed up to keep everybody entertained throughout the night.
It was a great day for everybody involved and the bar was set for future ANZAC Day celebration. At the last count the Association raised just under $3000 for legacy which was a great effort beating our goal set by last year of $2400. I would like to thank all those who contributed to this great day.
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