Stuart and Di Taylor at the recent VIEW meeting. Stuart is a Commander in the Royal Australian NavyCrookwell VIEW Club was very pleased to be able to have Commander Stuart Taylor RAN and his wife Di as their guest speakers at the April meeting.
In a return visit to VIEW after seven years, Commander Taylor spoke about what ANZAC day meant to him. Speaking briefly of the various postings where he has served, Commander Taylor described one particular ANZAC day ceremony during the Iraq war. An anticipated crowd of thirty or so at a ceremony unexpectedly became one of over three hundred as many and varied personnel from a range of nations came together to mark the solemn occasion. Commander Taylor concluded that what ANZAC day meant for him was about having a causeway across generations and about companionship. His experience in Iraq had certainly demonstrated this for him.
Di spoke about the life of a defence force family with frequent moves, lost contacts, and the occasional emergency that had to be managed alone. She spoke of the many friends and acquaintances they have been able to make from their postings and the great variety in experiences that they have had.
For Di Taylor, ANZAC day resonates with memories of the cold early start with the dawn service and the sense of comradeship. She said that for her, ANZAC day was also a time of reflection, national pride and communities coming together.
Crookwell VIEW’s March meeting raised over $300 for the Smith Family. Thanks must go to Sally Cullen for providing Postie clothing for the fashion parade and to the members who made purchases.
The May meeting of Crookwell VIEW will be on Tuesday May 27 at Crookwell Ex-Services Club starting at 7.00 pm.
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