Mullaloo Sea Scout Group and Wanneroo RSL ANZAC Celebrations
Sadly, this year’s ANZAC commemoration was called off at the very last minute due to a snap lockdown. Wanneroo RSL had put months of work and planning into their March and Dawn Service, only to have it pulled out from under them. Mullaloo Sea Scout Group were due to march with Wanneroo and attend the Wanneroo Dawn Service. One of our Scouts was also committed to marching in the City.
To help ease the frustration that this cancellation brought many of us, and to honour the service and dedicated work of the Wanneroo RSL, the Mullaloo Sea Scout and Cub Scout Units created this collage and arranged a presentation evening to gift it to Wanneroo RSL.
The work on the collage and various other activities have contributed enormously to the achievement of all participating Scouts qualifying for SIA “Creating a Better World”. It also ties in perfectly with the Scouts “Their Service Our Heritage” additional Award.
Wanneroo RSL President & WW2 Veteran, Jack Le Cras OAM, and Brigadier (Retd.) Steve Coggin CSC were both able to attend the evening and re-lived some of their experiences with us, as well as graciously answering questions from the Scouts and their parents. Tea and bickies followed, which was very much welcome as the hall was freezing by that point!
It was an amazing evening of discovery and community, and the Scouts came away with a far improved knowledge of WW2, and the Service of Australian Peacekeepers in more recent times. This project and event were something a bit different, but very much in the spirit of honouring ANZAC, and we felt it very important to do something to recognise the day this year within the boundaries of lockdown.
One of our Scouts, Harry, presented a personal gift to Jack – a beautiful hand-made Poppy created from shells he collected on Middleton Beach. Middleton Beach in Albany was the last glimpse of Australian soil for 30,000 men who set sail for WW1 in 1914 and unknowingly, for Gallipoli in 1915. Jack recognised the significance immediately and we are very proud of Harry for his clever and very thoughtful gift.
Wanneroo RSL have kindly returned the invitation to Mullaloo Sea Scout Group and we will be visiting their Clubrooms during Term 3.