Salute those who served in Rouse Hill on Australia Day

RESIDENTS can pay their respects to servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives at Australia Day’s flag placing tribute in Rouse Hill on January 26.

The Australia Day flag placing tribute commemoration and service will be held at Castlebrook Memorial Park, Windsor Road, from 7am to 8.30am.

Castlebrook Memorial Park and the Castle Hill RSL Sub-branch are inviting residents to join family members, friends and brothers- and-sisters-in-arms for the fourth annual Australia Day flag placing tribute.

John Lazanas, family service manager, Castlebrook Memorial Park, said besides celebrating the nation’s achievements and future it is also an opportunity to reflect on our nation’s history and remember those who served Australia.

“Placing a flag at each serviceman and servicewoman’s memorial on this special day is one way of showing our gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices they made to protect their country,” he said.

‘‘Participants are invited to muster at Castlebrook Memorial Park’s flagpole area at 7am to the accompaniment of a pipe band.

‘‘A procession of RSL members, family and friends will then symbolically ornament the final resting places of Australian servicemen and women with the Australia flag.

‘‘These memorials are denoted by the emblems they bear of the Australian Imperial Forces, RAAF or Royal Australian Navy.

‘‘While flags are being placed, a parade of pipers and drummers will circle the park with their stirring music for this unique event.

‘‘When the final flag has been positioned, volunteers, RSL members, friends and family will gather at Castlebrook Memorial Park’s flagpole for a brief tribute service and the playing of the Last Post.’’

After the service, a complimentary breakfast will be provided.