Australia Servicewomen to lead Anzac Day 2018 parade

05:10  15 april  2018
05:10  15 april  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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Veterans marching during the parade in Adelaide, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 . AAP. Spectators have lined the streets in Hobart for the annual Anzac Day march. Servicewomen will for the first time lead veterans, descendants and serving personnel as the march weaves through Tasmania's capital.

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Servicewomen are set to march at the head of this year's Sydney Anzac Day parade as part of a shakeup by the RSL. (AAP)© AAP Servicewomen are set to march at the head of this year's Sydney Anzac Day parade as part of a shakeup by the RSL. (AAP) Australian servicewomen who have participated in a range of conflicts have been granted a one-off opportunity to lead the march, to acknowledge their contributions, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The decision follows last year’s expansion of the definition of ‘veterans’ to include overseas servicemen or women who had received an honourable discharge or were discharged on medical grounds, allowing for the recognition of many service people who had previously been unacknowledged.

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The RSL will also urge veterans’ descendants to move to the rear of the parade so as to prevent confusion about their identity and to prioritise veterans.

The RSL will also be asking non-veterans to pin medals to their right chest instead of the left so they cannot be confused with actual servicemen and women. (AAP)© AAP The RSL will also be asking non-veterans to pin medals to their right chest instead of the left so they cannot be confused with actual servicemen and women. (AAP) "We will ask people who are not marching with a veteran where they would like to be and help them understand where the appropriate place for descendants is in the parade," NSW RSL president James Brown said.

“In the past you’ve had people who have done multiple tours on behalf of this country marching behind someone in trackie daks with some medals they found the day before, and clearly that is not appropriate.

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Some sweeping changes are in store for ANZAC Day parades this year with female veterans and servicewomen to match at the front for the first time in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

“There is a place for family, but veterans march first."

The RSL will also urge veterans’ descendants to move to the rear of the parade so as to prevent confusion about their identity and to prioritise veterans. (AAP)© AAP The RSL will also urge veterans’ descendants to move to the rear of the parade so as to prevent confusion about their identity and to prioritise veterans. (AAP) This move follows years of similar requests by the RSL to marchers. Veterans however will still be allowed to march with family members.

“What we are trying to avoid is large groups of people who have never been in the military marching without a veteran," Mr Brown said.

The RSL will also be asking non-veterans to pin medals to their right chest instead of the left so they cannot be confused with actual servicemen and women.

Anzac Day march in Darwin to be led by women for first time .
Darwin's 95-year-old Anzac Day march will be led by women veterans for the first time on Wednesday, when the Women Veterans Network NT guide about 150 returned service people through the Darwin cenotaph. The all-women network will be led by Army Corporal Sonya Newman, who last year had her leg amputated after a number of compounded, service-related injuries. "I feel really privileged to be asked to lead that march, I think that it's going to be a really significant moment," she said."For me, for my life, for my family... it's a milestone really.

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