Naracoorte RSL President Robert Crowe honours Anzac Day

Naracoorte RSL president Robert Crowe.

Naracoorte RSL president Robert Crowe.

Anzac Day allows us to take a moment to appreciate the people who have served and continue to serve our country.

Naracoorte RSL president Robert Crowe is just one of our many local community members who have dedicated years of his life to protect others.

Mr Crowe is 69 years old and has lived in Naracoorte for almost ten years.

He served 23 years in the military with the airforce from 1970-1993 as well as three months in the Vietnam War in an advisory role.

During his years in the military, Mr Crowe worked in airborne security with the police dogs, serving in the Northern Territory, Western Australia, and Queensland.

He gradually climbed up through the ranks to become a Sergeant where he eventually worked with the VIP Quadrant for Prime Ministers.

Mr Crowe said his time in the military equipped him with strong values and principles for daily life

"The military, with its discipline gives you a sense of well-being and capability.

"The discipline side of it goes from the time you go to bed to the time you wake up in the morning.

"You're disciplined, you respect others, you respect property, and just have a meaningful life that is progressive and responsive," Mr Crowe said.

Mr Crowe said Anzac Day was important as it meant he could 'be part of a company that 'represents and protects' Australia.

"Australia would not be what it is today without the sacrifice of our Anzacs, Australia and New Zealand troops," he said.

Since becoming Naracoorte's RSL president in 2012, Mr Crowe pushed for Council to change the dawn service from 10 am to 6 am out of respect for the Anzacs.

"The dawn service is significant in the landing at Gallipoli, that's when it happened, it was at dawn and that's when we lost all our troops and our troops came home from there," he said.

Mr Crowe said that when they first brought in this change there was a smaller turnout but community support has grown significantly since then.

"From then until now our gathering has increased significantly and we now have schools, scouts, and different groups around that join us on Anzac Day".

Due to social distancing and gathering restrictions arising from COVID-19, all Anzac Day services for 2020 have been cancelled.

Instead, this Anzac Day Mr Crowe said he and RSL secretary Kylie Gransden will lay a wreath at 6 am for the Anzacs and 'spend a little time remembering those that fell'.

For people still wanting to show their respects this Saturday there are a number of alternative ways to do so.

"It has been requested that people go outside - it doesn't have to be at the end of their driveway - but look towards the sun and when it's reaching the horizon and just remember those that fell and sacrificed so that we can do exactly that; stand there and remember them," Mr Crowe said.