Though the Beerwah & District RSL Sub-Branch no longer own the building that they originally operated from, the members have not lost their spirit or enthusiasm for the important work of supporting veterans and their families.
State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle recently met with the men and women of Beerwah & District RSL during their regular monthly meeting and said that it was heartening to see members undeterred by past events.
“Yes they accept they don’t have the building, yet their focus is the future and I heard in their voices a determination to get back on top.” Mr McArdle said.
During the meeting RSL President John Nisbett told Mr McArdle, “Our role is to look to the future and work in our community. We have people that need help and that is why we are here.”
“We will be here for the long hall and I feel very proud of both the RSL and the members of this Sub-branch.”
“My father was a returned serviceman who had seen active service in Papua New Guinea during WWII and his spirit is what lives on both in myself and in the Beerwah & District Sub-branch.” Mr Nisbett concluded
“I have never served in the Military myself but I know the debt that we owe to those who have. Without them it would not be the Australia we have today.” Mr McArdle said.
“The motto of the RSL is ‘The price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance.’ In our society, in our world the men and women of the RSL are critical in understanding these words. To be frank, the RSL members are part of the few who have personal knowledge of the meaning of the words.”
“Though there are feelings for what occurred, I for one want them to succeed. I want them, as do they, to provide a link between veterans and the support they and their families need. Sadly many veterans don’t know of the assistance available to them and that is the greatest tragedy of all.”
“To John Nesbitt and all members, well done.” Mr McArdle concluded.