Chairman’s Corner – Brigadier Laurie Lewis AM

CENTENARY OF ARMISTICE

The final event for this year on 11 November is shaping up to be a fitting remembrance of 11 November 1918 when the guns fell silent on the Western Front. A variety of events will be conducted in the week leading to Remembrance Day including breakfasts, displays, a State Dinner, culminating in a commemorative service coordinated by the RSL that will, weather permitting, include a flyover of Tiger Moth aircraft and a poppy drop in memory of all who have lost their lives in war.

I encourage as many of you as possible to attend a commemorative service either in your local community or at the South Australian National War Memorial in the City.

PARTNERSHIP HUB

I am not sure how many ESOs and other veteran organisations are aware that the Hub is open and operating at full speed under the guidance of Justin Brown.

The Hub was opened in April by the Premier of SA, Hon Steven Marshall MP, and since that time has been providing advice, assistance and a meeting place for veterans. It also conducted an excellent Anzac Day Service at the Memorial Garden adjacent to the Hub. I hope it is the forerunner of similar events in the future.

Justin has also established an important link with the Jamie Larcombe Centre.

The Hub reports to Rob Manton and has recently produced its first quarterly report. It is a very impressive document and I advise ESOs to read it, as it will provide an understanding of the range of support, which has been provided to date and hopefully guide them to use the Hub and to expand the range of support currently available.

CONTACT WITH KIDS

Ken Duthie, JP is a highly regarded member of the RAR Association of SA, where he is amongst other duties, the Honorary Warrant Officer Ceremonial.

Ken enlisted into the army in 1966 and served until 1986. His service included a tour of Vietnam with 3RAR and he was present at the battle of FSB Balmoral.

Ken is currently the School Military History Officer representing the RAR Association SA. He started this program in 2000, wholly funded by himself until 2012.

The program is a mobile inter active display of ADF artefacts including uniforms, medals, swords, etc covering the period 1901 to the present date. Students are given the opportunity to wear uniforms, hold a sword, sit on a Light Horse saddle and examine sets of medals including the Victoria Cross.

Students from Reception to Year 12 then write about their experience.

Currently, Ken has contact with 3,500 students. At Hewitt Primary School he works with up to 20 students who have special needs.

Ken has also given presentations to Legacy SA, Partners of Veterans Association, church groups and Historical Organisations. He is involved with the SA Department of Education Living History Program.

In 2014, Ken was appointed the Burnside Council Citizen of The Year.

 

I thank you all for your service.