Operation SOLACE 25th Anniversary Reunion
April 25 - April 27
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST REQUIRED
The Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley, AC, DSC (Retd) is proposing to hold a 25th Anniversary Reunion for members of units who deployed to Somalia on Operation Solace in 1993. This includes members of Headquarters Australian Forces Somalia, the 1 RAR Battalion Group and ships crews of HMAS Tobruk and HMAS Jervis Bay (1993). Members of UNOSOM 1 and 2 are also invited to attend the Reunion to recognise their service in Somalia 25 years ago.
We are now seeking Expressions of Interest from members of the various deployments to Somalia interested in attending the Reunion.
It is proposed that the Reunion will be held in Sydney over the ANZAC Day period in 2018 and will revolve around two major activities, namely:
- March as a formed body in a position of prominence, led by the Governor of NSW, in the ANZAC Day Parade on Wednesday 25th April 2018.
- Reception at Government House, hosted by the Governor of NSW, on the afternoon of Thursday 26th April 2018. (There will be a small cost involved in attending the Reception).
If the Reunion goes ahead, a casual ‘Meet and Greet’ function will be held in Sydney at a location TBA on the evening of Tuesday 24th April 2018. As well, there will be time over the two days for sub-units to hold their own individual group reunions.
Prior to going firm on holding the Reunion, the organising committee wishes to gauge the level of interest of ex-members in attending. The Reunion is not restricted to ex-members; partners and families are most welcome and are encouraged to attend.
To that end, ex-members are requested to indicate their interest by replying to email@example.com by 31 August 2017, stating simply who they served with, that they are interested in attending, whether or not they will be accompanied by family members (numbers only, names are not required as yet) and provide contact details.
We are aware that the 1 RAR Association is holding a 25th Somalia Reunion (in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Coral/Balmoral) in Townsville around Coral Day (12 May 2018) to coincide with the presentation of new Colours to the Battalion. We in no way wish to impact on these commemorations, rather we wish to complement them.
We are in a unique position where the Commanding Officer of the 1 RAR Battalion Group in Somalia in 1993 is now the Governor of NSW and can lead the Somalia veterans in the largest ANZAC Day Parade in Australia. Our involvement in the Sydney ANZAC Day Parade will highlight to the rest of Australia the professionalism and expertise displayed by all of us who served in Somalia in 1992/93 and brought, for a period of time, normalcy to that country.
You all have formal and informal networks out there, so please spread the word of the proposed Reunion to your compatriots. If the Reunion goes ahead, a Facebook page will be set up and other Social Media will be utilised to keep ex-members informed.