The 2014 Reserve Forces Day march last weekend saw more than 1,000 former and current reserve members, including the Royal Australian Navy Reserves march through the centre of Sydney before a crowd of enthusiastic supporters.
Before the commencement of the parade, descendants of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, were presented with medallions.
Commander Jack Haines, a former Instructor Officer who retired from the Royal Australian Navy in 1980, was presented a medallion for his father who served in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force as a sickbay attendant.
“It’s been a great day, and great honour to those like my father who served in the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force,” Commander Haines said.
Commander Haines medallion was presented by the Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin AC and Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer RAN, CSC and Bar.
“Reserve forces have served alongside the permanent forces in all Australian Defence Force deployments.”
“Without the capability and capacity of the reserves forces, and their role in Australia’s military and humanitarian campaigns, the Australian Defence Force would not have the successes it has,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.
The Sydney Parade was reviewed by The Hon. Margaret Beazley AO, Administrator of the Government of New South Wales, and attended by the Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP, Chief of the Defence Force, Commander Australian Fleet, and the Hon. Tim Fisher AM, National Chairman of the Reserve Forces Day Council.
In commemoration of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, a new Ceremonial Standard was unveiled at the Parade, presented by Reserve officers in historical uniforms from 1914. All Standards were then inspected by the Justice Beazley and Air Chief Marshall Binskin.
Reserve Forces Day is celebrated nationally to raise the profile of the Navy, Army and Air Force Reserve, to recognise former and serving Reservists and to thank partners and employers for their support.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20141999.