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In remembrance of those
who served in the armed forces
1951 - 1959 and 1965 - 1972

4th April 2004
Dedication of final Stage on
April 2nd 2006

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  Street Parade led by the Army Reserve Brass Band
Vintage Military Vehicles

Conducted by the
York Sub-Branch National Servicemen's Association of Australia
Western Australia Branch Inc

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"What a Spectacular Day"

York Nasho' s Memorial Dedication Service and Reunion
Sunday 4th. April 2004

If you were unfortunate and not able, to attend the York Memorial Dedication Ceremony on the 4th. April 2004 it was truly a great historical event.
The Parade led by the Irwin Barracks Brass Band dressed in their ceremonial uniforms was the perfect setting for the event who were followed, by approximately 250 personnel who marched, representing Nashos, ex. Servicemen, Vietnam Veterans, Nurses and the York School Cadets who led the colour party followed by the magnificent Army Veteran Motor Vehicles.
The parade marched proudly down Avon Terrace cheered on with bystanders waving small Australian flags handed out by a group of school children.
Commodore Deeks Senior Navel Officer taking the salute, he was accompanied by
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Mc.Martin,   Senior Army Officer,
Group Captain Peter Sapwell,   Senior Air Force Officer,
Western Australian Nasho’s Assoc.Patron,  Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd.) George Howell ED RL and
York Sub.-Branch Patron Max. Trenorden MLA,  Leader of the National Party.

The Parade was received by the Official Party at the Memorial site:-
Ms Judi Moylan, MP Member for Pearce.
Mr. John Gregory, York Shire President.
Mrs. Le. Gregory, York Shire Councillor.
District Superintendent of Police, Ian Calderwell.
Mr. Frank Cocks, President WA NSAA.
Mr.William Gaynor OAM RFD, President WA. Branch Returned & Services League.
Mr. Frank Sykes OAM,  President York Sub.- Branch Returned & Services League.
Mr. Les Crowe, Vice. President WA. Vietnam Veterans Association.
The Nasho’s York Sub.-Branch President, Mr. Colin Wright performed with distinction as Master of Ceremonies.

The York Patron, Mr. Max Trenorden MLA gave a short address congratulating York on the progress and the achievements of the York Sub.-Branch members, before unveiling the Memorial.

The Reverend Sirs, Father Stephen Cooney O. Praem., Anglican Minister Hal. Nicholson, Captain Niall Gibson Salvation Army were then asked to bid God’s blessing on the Memorial.Wreaths were laid on the Memorial, followed by stand fast for the Last post.
During the National Anthem the RAAF performed a spectacular fly past returning after 30 seconds to thrill everyone with a vertical bomb burst over the scene.
Following the Memorial Ceremony, a lunch was served in the Town Hall, before the reunion where everyone enjoyed meeting old acquaintances and talking of old times had in the days when we were Nasho’s.
A large display of old photographs and memorabilia was set up on tables in the center of the Town Hall, which attracted a lot of attention.The Memorial is incorporated in the picturesque rose garden at the Corner of South and Howick Streets York.
The members of the Memorial Committee wish to congratulate every one who helped or contributed to the organizing of this magnificent project. Although there were times of frustration and uncertainty members had the strength to rise above the problems and get on with the job.York Landscape Contractor Richard Boultbee volunteered his team of workers to construct the brickwork and the tiling.
The large stone was donated by Margaret and Billy Hobbs, with the granite rock cutting and mounting of the plagues done by Oxter Memorial Services of Northam.
A team of our members also assisted with the erection of the flag poles and general work

(Well done every one)

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