A century of commitment to friends past and present
WHEN Bell RSL sub-branch president Helen Lambley looks over at the RSL building standing tall in the centre of town, an overwhelming sense of pride overcomes her as she reminisces on what it took to get the sub-branch to where it is today.
Bell RSL sub-branch members from all corners of the Western Downs came together today to celebrate the legacy left by former servicemen and women, and to mark 100 years of an institution loved by so many.
Bell RSL's centenary celebrations involved the unveiling of murals created by local artists Graeme and Wendy McCullough.
Former servicemen and women shared stories of their time in battle, and recognised the hard work of the team that grew the Bell RSL community.
What makes the community within the Bell RSL so unique, according to Ms Lambley, is their commitment to each other, and their desire to never let the memories of their fallen friends be forgotten.
"It's great that the people of the community have continued to remember their lost and their fallen, and that's a great tribute,” she said.
"I think it's great that we as the members, who are all ex-service personnel, are all trying to get together and uphold one another, and encourage some others who may be wounded or have post-traumatic stress disorder.
"We're such a unique organisation that only we can understand what we've gone through. It's a privilege to see that we have achieved such a milestone.”
It hasn't been an easy task to keep the sub-branch afloat. When a former president was killed, it was thought the sub-branch would fold, but Ms Lambley and the community worked hard to maintain the sub-branch, and are now relishing in their centenary celebrations.