SYDNEY ANZAC DAY 2018
Remaining members of 31 Sqn who were able, marched today on Anzac Day in Sydney. What a great effort from the original members. All in their nineties, they made us proud.
Also we attended a Luncheon at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia and it was a magnificent turnout.
Thank you to all who attended both the march and the Luncheon. To those who weren’t able to make it we think of you too. Greg Mann organised a ceremony at the Motor Club to honour those who had fallen and those who still remain and made their sacrifices as well.
Big thanks to Greg Mann and all who assisted in organising the Luncheon.
Our new President Ian Beasley created interest by getting anyone to come forward and relate any stories to all of us about their experiences during the war or what they might have about their father, uncle or grandfather who has passed on. It was great to hear stories from others who we don’t normally hear from and as usual, Jack Anderson took the floor and regaled us with a few stories of his own. Thank you to everyone for that.
Also a big thank you to Darren Pearson for his assistance in supporting 31 Sqn Association
MELBOURNE ANZAC DAY 2018
This year we had 3 original members march to the Shrine of Remembrance. Ken Lyons O.A.M and Peter Demaine M.B.E., led the way with Ron Burns not far behind. Son, Daughters, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren of original members also marched. It was great to have 30 people around the banner.
The original members were joined for lunch by another original, Ivan Griffiths and his family. Olive Tree Restaurant was again the venue and an enjoyable time was had by the 41 attendees.
Ron Burns recited the Ode and a minutes silence was held to remember lost 31 Sqdn members.
Later lots of stories were told, with the original members being in high demand.
LEST WE FORGET
From your roving reporter. May 2018
Ian Madden, your Association historian, was recently on the road in his caravan with his wife Beth and had visited Kangaroo Island.
He stayed with Christine and Peter Weatherstone. Christine is the President of the South Australian branch of 31 Squadron Association and is supported by Peter. She is also the daughter of an original sqn member Trevor Ley.
Christine has given Ian access to all records she holds on behalf of association members who have passed. Ian will put up all relevant information on this website.
Ians’ 3 month trip this time involved seeing many 31 sqn association members around Adelaide and South Australia.
There will be a report on this in the next association newsletter.