Around 60 people from a wide cross-section of community members from battalion and association members to politicians and the catafalque party members, young men from 7 RAR, attended the combined regiments 48th Anniversary Hat Dich Commemoration Service at the Royal Australian, Regiment Association RSL Hall at Linden Park on February 19.
Master of Ceremonies Russell Campbell OAM outlined the service before the catafalque party members took their places around the cross.
The welcome address was given by RARA SA President Michael von Berg MC, OAM; the Call to Worship and prayers were given by Chaplain David Prior, 7RAR; the Commemorative Address by Rodney Harris, 4 RAR Association President; the Roll of Honour was read by David Stacey, 9 RAR Association President; the scripture reading from Ecclesiasticus 44 was presented by Deane Pye, Australian SAS Association SA Branch Secretary; The Ode recited by John Genovese, RFD 1 RAR SA; and the Last Post and The Rouse played by Bugler Michael Bampton, 10/27 RSAR.
Ed Cowley W Company 4 RAR /NZ (ANZAC) lead the Hat Dich veterans laying of tributes and Hat Dich veteran Craig Haydock, President RAAC Vietnam Veterans Association SA also laid a tribute.
Adding more emotion to the occasion, Catherine Lambert and the Terrace Singers sang the “Royal Australian Regiment Prayer of Consecration” and “Amazing Grace”. They have been staunch supporters of RARA SA Association commemorations for many years. Catherine arranged for the prayer to be set to music.
During the laying of tributes Pipe Major Des Ross played a lament and later the farewell march as Waltzing Matilda.
Lunch was served after the service with many attendees taking the opportunity to catch up friends they had not seen for some time.
Thanks must go to the Minister of Veterans Affairs SA for his grant and 4 RAR SA and 9 RAR SA for their donations which combined almost covered the costs of the service and lunch.
Special thanks go to Ceremonial Officer Adrian Craig for the magnificent work he continues to do to make the occasions run smoothly and appropriately with the help of those setting up – chef Colin Abel, Chris Shannon, Sandra Craig and Russell Campbell – photographer Bruce Forster and Infantryman Editor Penelope Forster.
Photos courtesy of Bruce & Penelope Forster (as always, click on photos for better viewing)
Top L to R; Catafalque Party, Wreathes for Poppies, Sandra & Adrian Craig, Jan & David Stacey
Bottom L to R; Craig Haydock, John Genovese & Rod Harris, Vicki Chapman MP (Member for Bragg), her grand daughter Adelaide & Francis Bedford MP (Member for Florey), The Terrace Singers and Catherine Lambert.