Visitors arriving to Moree for ADF and National Service Annual Event this weekend
LOCAL residents will again pause and say ‘thank-you’ this weekend when an influx of visitors converge on Moree for the Australian Defence Force and National Service Annual Event.
The three-day reunion draws visitors from right across Australia and is now in its third year at Moree after transferring from Bingara.
Moree RSL sub-branch president Reg Jamieson again expects a huge weekend.
“It’s all shaping up to be a great event,” Mr Jamieson said.
“Last year’s reunion brought more than 200 visitors to town and it looks like this year will be just as big – if not bigger.
“We are looking forward to catching up with old friends – many of whom have already started arriving – and meeting new friends who are attending for the first time.
The reunion had been held in Bingara for 23 years before relocating to Moree in 2017.
A Balo Street march will take place on Saturday morning from 9am with a memorial service on the steps of Moree Memorial Hall at 9.45am.
A dinner featuring guest speaker Major retired Andrew Cullen will be held at Moree Services Club on Saturday night.
Andrew, a 17-year Australian Army veteran, served with the explosive ordnance disposal team during two tours of Afghanistan.
His empowering life story is one of hope and inspiration.
Upon returning home to Australia, Andrew fell into a deep depression that threatened his marriage to wife Zoe, the break-up of his family, and his life.
Together, Andrew and Zoe wrote Resurrection about Andrew’s battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the journey they took together to save their relationship and family.
Event co-ordinator John Tramby said Andrew and Zoe’s story was inspirational.
“This is more than just a story of overcoming depression and PTSD – this is a love story between Andrew and Zoe,” Mr Tramby said.
“Resurrection is a fantastic read and was co-written by both of them,” he said.
Locals and visitors on Sunday will attend a huge barbeque brunch at Moree Services Club from 9am with a bus tour of local points of interest taking place from 11.30am.
“The reunion was held at Moree last year for the second time and we believe it was another huge success, with many participants booking their accommodation for 2019 when they departed,” Mr Tramby said.
A full-day bus tour to Lightning Ridge on Monday is also planned.
“Our bus driver is an experienced tour guide and will show people points of interest around Lighting Ridge,” Mr Tramby said.
“We have booked a small bus but a larger bus is available if numbers warrant it.”
Words and Image: Bill Poulos