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Younger veterans honoured by latest addition to Albany RSL calendar of services

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705 Squadron Air Cadet Bobby Medbury during the service.
Camera Icon705 Squadron Air Cadet Bobby Medbury during the service. Credit: Laurie Benson

The first Albany service commemorating and honouring personnel who have served in the defence forces in the last 50 years was well received on Sunday.

The service, organised by the Albany RSL sub-branch, was a chance to recognise the ongoing contributions of defence force younger veterans who have served in various capacities since 1973.

Hundreds attended Sunday’s service at the South East Memorial in the Forts precinct, including many visitors to Albany.

The service followed a similar format to the RSL’s more established services with Rev Canon Karven Cave leading those gathered in prayer before a letter reading by RSL member Paul Hines.

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Wreathes were laid at the base of the memorial before Steve Edmonds read the ode ahead of the last post and a minute’s silence.

Albany RSL president Rex Hendrix, who came up with the idea to hold the service, delivered the keynote address.

After the formalities, many people relocated to the RSL on Stirling Terrace for light refreshments and a medal presentation to Nigel Hall.

Albany Sub Branch RSL's Michael Tugwell.
Camera IconAlbany Sub Branch RSL's Michael Tugwell. Credit: Laurie Benson
Reverend Canon Karen Cave.
Camera IconReverend Canon Karen Cave. Credit: Laurie Benson
Member for Albany Rebecca Stephens and Albany Sub Branch RSL president Rex Hendriks.
Camera IconMember for Albany Rebecca Stephens and Albany Sub Branch RSL president Rex Hendriks. Credit: Laurie Benson
Piper Tom Powell.
Camera IconPiper Tom Powell. Credit: Laurie Benson
Tenth Light Horse member's Bec Hall and Kevin Prince.
Camera IconTenth Light Horse member's Bec Hall and Kevin Prince. Credit: Laurie Benson
The Patriots Motorcycle Club and Military Brotherhood laid wreaths.
Camera IconThe Patriots Motorcycle Club and Military Brotherhood laid wreaths. Credit: Laurie Benson
Mark Forland, Len Cotgrove and Glenn Williams.
Camera IconMark Forland, Len Cotgrove and Glenn Williams. Credit: Laurie Benson
John Moore, Marea Fenech and Andy Webb.
Camera IconJohn Moore, Marea Fenech and Andy Webb. Credit: Laurie Benson
Tracey and Paul Newman.
Camera IconTracey and Paul Newman. Credit: Laurie Benson
Service veterans' Nigel Hall and Steve Edmonds.
Camera IconService veterans' Nigel Hall and Steve Edmonds. Credit: Laurie Benson
Justin Tilbee, Alistair Robinson and Peter Majewski.
Camera IconJustin Tilbee, Alistair Robinson and Peter Majewski. Credit: Laurie Benson
Legacy WA's Steve Stell and former Albany RSL president Laurie Fraser.
Camera IconLegacy WA's Steve Stell and former Albany RSL president Laurie Fraser. Credit: Laurie Benson
Albany Sub Branch RSL member Nicole Edmonds.
Camera IconAlbany Sub Branch RSL member Nicole Edmonds. Credit: Laurie Benson
The City of Albany Band.
Camera IconThe City of Albany Band. Credit: Laurie Benson
The service was well attended.
Camera IconThe service was well attended. Credit: Laurie Benson
Flag orderlies from 705 Squadron march into position.
Camera IconFlag orderlies from 705 Squadron march into position. Credit: Laurie Benson
Alistair Robinson and Peter Majewski.
Camera IconAlistair Robinson and Peter Majewski. Credit: Laurie Benson

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