Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, and a Gold Coast RSL is doing its part to ensure veterans’ stories are not lost to future generations.
In the 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, hundreds of thousands of Australians have served in combat across the globe.
From Flanders and Gallipoli to Afghanistan and Iraq, the Currumbin RSL is embarking on a project to record their tales.
Dubbed Australia Remembers, the aim is to create a video record of veterans within their local community.
While the project is starting small with hopefully a dozen videos recorded before this year’s WWI centenary services, it’s hoped the project will be picked up and adopted by other RSLs across the country.
Already servicemen such as WWII veterans Louis ‘Bluey’ Smith and Doug Martin have been able to ensure their memories are never lost.
Currumbin RSL president Ron Workman is another intended focus of the project with his work preparing the club’s annual Anzac Day dawn service at Elephant Rock set to be recorded.
This year the club is anticipating about 120,000 people at its service.
It combines traditional elements and local flavours, such as an annual burial at sea with lifeboats carrying ashes of veterans to be scattered on the waters at first light.
Mr Workman says the interest in services shows how much people still hold the memories of those who have served close to their hearts.
“There’s been a tremendous resurgence of interest in all levels of the community,” he told AAP.
“Afghanistan has created another swell of concern regarding where the world’s heading at the moment.
“All those issues blend into a desire to keep Australia free from all that stuff.”