Remembrance Day on November 11 is of great significance to all Australians. It is a day where we remember and commemorate all of the service men and women who gave their lives through two world wars and various military conflicts throughout the years.
It is also a very significant time for 15 women, all former members of the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service (WRANS).
Throughout our period of service we became good friends, as we served in various naval establishments. There were many good times and lots of laughs.
However, as our terms of service were coming to an end, we decided to hold a reunion every year on November 11. Being Remembrance Day we felt that as we got older, surely we couldn't forget that date.
Our first reunion was in 1970, this year will be our fiftieth reunion. During the years there have been some fun times but also some sad times. Some of the girls have lost their husbands and two of the girls have lost a child.
Through the good and the sad times we have supported each other and as the years have passed the bonds of friendship have become even stronger.
I have been very fortunate to be able to attend each of our reunions, even through a period of illness. This year our fiftieth reunion, due to COVID-19 our interstate members are unable to be with us, however seven of us will be attending the Remembrance Day service at Taralga. The other girls will get together in Queensland and Western Australia.