Honoured for loyal service to RSL
LOYAL service and devotedness to the RSL had local member Bryan Ottone honoured at a district meeting earlier this month.
Having been a member since 2001, Mr Ottone was awarded a centenary medallion and certificate which was presented by state president Stuart Cameron.
"I accepted on behalf it on behalf of the members of the sub branch who are a good team and my wife Sandra who devotedly supports me,” Mr Ottone said.
Mr Ottone said among the standout memories of being part of the RSL was the Anzac Day service in Emerald last year which recognised the centenary of Anzac Day.
"We had the largest service held which was closely followed by this year's service at both Vietnam Veterans Day and Remembrance Day services.
"This year has had the largest attendances for a long time.
"It's very important that our youth support these important occasions to keep history and memories alive of those who fought and sacrificed their lives to make Australia the wonderful place that it is.”
As secretary of the Emerald sub branch, Bryan played a key role in assisting with the organisation of the Remembrance Day service on Friday which was well attended.
He was also part of organising the unveiling of the plague and flagpoles at the Emerald Bowls Club to recognise the centenary of the RSL, which followed the Remembrance Day service.
"It is hoped that the flags flying at the newly provided flagpoles will encourage veterans and serving members to visit the Emerald Bowls Club,” he said.
He thanked all the businesses and members of the community who helped in the centenary projects.