Category: Symbolism ˬ

The Dead Man’s Penny

1914-1918 Memorial Plaque – ‘Dead Man’s Penny’ The next of kin of soldiers, sailors and nurses who died while serving in the AIF and RAN during the First World War were presented with a Memorial Scroll, and later a Remembrance Plaque, a ‘Dead Man’s Penny’, ‘as a solace for bereavement and as a memento’. The [...]

The Poppy

On and around 11 November each year, the League sells millions of red poppies for Australians to pin on their lapels. Proceeds go to League welfare work. Why a red poppy? The red poppy, the Flanders poppy, was first described as the flower of remembrance by Colonel John McCrae, who was Professor of Medicine at [...]

The Ode

The Ode “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.“ The Ode is taken from the elegy For The Fallen, by English poet and writer Laurence Binyon [...]

The RSL Salute

In London on Armistice Day 1920, during the ceremony to unveil and dedicate the Cenotaph in Whitehall, a funeral procession accompanying the remains of The Unknown Soldier, which had arrived from France the previous day, was to halt at the Cenotaph during the ceremony before proceeding to Westminster Abbey for interment. The official party included [...]

The Motto

“The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance” The motto of the RSL has an interesting history. In the fourth century BC Demosthenes enunciated the spirit of the motto although he used these words: “There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as [...]

The RSL Badge

The badge is a symbol of a readiness at all times to render service to Crown and country, and to former comrades. It is a time-honoured emblem – one that has been worn with a deep sense of pride by the most revered in our land and one that glorifies all privileged to wear it.Neither [...]