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National Servicemen’s Commemoration
August 6 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Acknowledging National Service
On Friday, August 6 1951 several bus loads of young 18 year old men arrived at the gates of Woodside Military Camp in the Adelaide hills. It was the middle of winter and very, very cold.
Conscription commenced in 1951 while the Korean conflict was still going.
Between 1951- 1959 there were 52 intakes across Australia where some 227,000 young men put on the khaki uniform for their three months training, others served in the Navy & Airforce to complete their commitment.
To commemorate this piece of Australian Military history, the South Australian branch of the National Servicemen’s Association intend holding an open day at their state headquarters in Surrey Road Keswick on Friday, August 6. 2021 between 11am and 2pm – seventy years after it began.
The National Servicemen’s Association invite all who have served and our friends to visit us on this day to inspect the wonderful memorial dedicated to the 212 young men who gave their lives in conflicts in Borneo & Vietnam in the second National Service scheme, the ‘birthday ballot’ as it was known.
To RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact to register for catering would be appreciated to the following NSAASA@adam.com.au or phone ( Fridays) 08 82936344, or to:
President Barry Presgrave 0412066657
Secretary Marlene Blackmore 0417841917
Vice President John Thorne 0408591658