KEN McPherson stood to attention with his fellow retired Army Reservists as they remembered comrades who were not able to attend the Reserve Forces Day service and march in Lismore yesterday morning.
The Casino serviceman served in the Army Reserve in Lismore for 12 years between 1966 and 1978.
“It is such a lovely day today and I'm proud of the 41st Battalion for its service to the nation over the years,” Mr McPherson said.
“I spent 12 years in the Army Reserves and didn't have to serve anywhere, but I'm here today to honour those who did and those who passed away.
“And it is also good to catch up with mates.”
Servicemen from the 41st Battalion Association, Tweed Valley-Murwillumbah sub-branch and the Northern Rivers sub-branch joined current Reservists, the Lismore City Pipe Band and other dignitaries to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Reserve Forces Day at the Cenotaph in Molesworth Street.
The march started at the roundabout at Molesworth and Magellan streets and proceeded up to the Cenotaph, where a small service was conducted.
All eyes were raised to the grey sky as the flag was lowered to half mast for the playing of the Last Post.
Lieutenant-Colonel Wally Jensen, of the 41st Battalion, addressed the crowd at the service, speaking on how the Army Reserve played an important role in the defence of our country.
Lt-Col Jensen noted that a platoon of Reservists, mostly from the Northern Rivers, was being deployed to Darwin next week to support Australia's national interest.
“They have answered the Government's call to use our Reserve forces now to protect our country,” Lt-Col Jensen said.
“It is a meaningful contribution to the defence of our nation in a time of peace.
“We wish them a safe deployment and a speedy return home.”