2RAR 2016 Annual National Reunion / 2017 National Reunion

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I now know why men who have been to war yearn to
reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures.
Not to weep or laugh.
Comrades gather because they long to be with the
people who once acted their best; who once suffered
And sacrificed, who were stripped of their humanity.

I did not pick these men, they were delivered by fate
and the military. But I know them in a way I know no
other men. I have never given anyone such trust.

They were willing to guard something more Precious
Than my life. They would have carried my reputation..
The memory of me.

It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we
were all willing to die for one another. As long as I have
memory, I will think of them all every day.

I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thoughts
Will be of my family and my comrades.
“Such good men.”

2nd. Battalion
The Royal Australian Regiment Association Incorporated
“nulli secundus”

2016 Annual National Reunion and Annual General Meeting

Friday 28th. October 2016 – Meet, Greet and Dine – 1600hrs
Harbour Lounge, Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW

Saturday 29th. October, 2016
0830hrs: Association Annual General Meeting (AGM)
0945hrs Commemorative Service. Dress is jacket and tie with medals as appropriate.
ANZAC Room, Coolangatta/Tweed Heads RSL Sub-Branch
1030hrs: 2RAR Annual Reunion
Chris Cunningham ParkTwin Towns Services Club

2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
National Reunion
Brisbane QLD – 18 to 20 May 2017
This is a National 5-Year Reunion for everyone who served in 2RAR or 2/4RAR. The last National Reunion was held in Townsville in July 2012. You do not need to be an Association member to come to the reunion. Rally your mates and make this a memorable reuniting of past comrades-in-arms. Spouses/partners/families are most welcome however it is essential that all attendees are registered.
Our New Zealand mates will be warmly welcomed. Come over to Brisbane and let’s stand shoulder to shoulder again in the spirit of comradeship. Encourage your mates to come along even though they may not have been to a reunion before. It will be a chance to let go and enjoy the company of the 2RAR Family. Brisbane is at its best in May – Come and enjoy the warm welcome, the warm weather and perfect days.

Reunion Program
Wednesday 17th May 2017
All Day Sub-unit/group reunions. Not organised by Association. Own arrangements

Thursday 18th May 2017
Registration and Meet and Greet
8.00am to 5.00pm Registration/Check in
5.00pm to 7.00pm Meet and Greet – The Courier Mail Piazza, South Bank, Brisbane

Friday 19th May 2017
Commemorative Service and Lunch
9.00am Buses commence pick-up on various routes
10.00am Commemorative Service, Contemplation Centre, National Memorial Walk, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera
11.00am Individual Tour of National Memorial Walk
12.00pm Lunch service commences
2.00pm Embus for return to accommodation
Evening Free

Saturday 20th May 2017
Reunion Dinner
Day Free
6.30pm Assemble for Reunion Dinner, Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre, Grey Street Entrance,
South Bank, Brisbane
12.00am Dinner concludes

Sunday 21st May 2017
11.30am Arrive venue to be advised
12.00noon Barbecue Lunch
Afternoon
Registration
Registration opens on TBA
Registration is essential for the management of numbers for catering and transport purposes.
Full details of registration will be available at http://www.2rar-association.net.au
Registration can be by:
Directly on the website –fill and submit. Payment through PayPal, or direct deposit or cheque
Download a Registration Form, fill in and send to the address shown on the form. Payment can be by cheque or
direct deposit to Association account.
Request a Registration Form, fill in and send to the address shown on the form. Payment can be by cheque or
direct deposit to Association account.
Registration Forms will also be available with issues of RINGO in October, December and April
In all cases, the registration is not confirmed until full payment has been received.
If you have any questions/queries, please call +61 7 3342 4272 for assistance.
Costs
The cost of the reunion is $TBA per person
Event Management
The Committee has contracted Jan Berryman Events to manage the processes of the reunion. Jan works very
closely with the Committee on all aspects of the reunion but in particular, venue identification and engagement,
registration, promotion and marketing and check-in.

Reunion Committee
Gordon Hurford
T: 07 5443 5583
M: 0407 926 270
E: 2rarsecretary@gmail.com
Leo Van De Kamp
T: 07 5444 0889
M: 0414 864 654
E: vandekam@powerup.com.au
Arthur Macdonald
T: (07) 3901 4266
M: 0410 058 257
E: maba2783@optusnet.com.au

Mal Allen
M: 0451 374 133

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