Monday November 10, 2014
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies MP today commended NSW Maori Rugby League for signing up to United We Stand, a NSW Government initiative which encourages sports clubs to participate in local Centenary of Anzac commemorations.
Tanya Davies presented Mr Tony Papaconstantinos, Vice-Chairman of the NSW Maori Rugby League with a recognition certificate at a presentation in front of the St Marys War Monument in Victoria Park, commending the association for their commitment to honouring local diggers.
NSW Maori Rugby League have signed up to UWS and are engaging with it by dedicating a rugby league tournament each year to the Centenary and veterans.
They recently dedicated a rugby league tournament in St Marys on Saturday 4 October in honour of the Centenary of Anzac and veterans who have served abroad.
The event included speeches about Australia and New Zealand's involvement in the First World War and the devastating loss of life, which was followed by the Ode, One Minutes Silence and the Reveille.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Victor Dominello said he welcomed NSW Maori Rugby League as the newest United We Stand partner to join with more than 60 sports clubs across NSW.
“It comes down to the observance of the three R’s – Respect, Research and Remembrance – and NSW Maori Rugby League is committed to each of these important aspects” Tanya Davies said.
Our sports clubs, through members past and present, hold an enduring connection to the stories of our diggers. Their stories live on through club honour boards, local history books and personal mementos kept by relatives.
“United We Stand encourages clubs to use the Centenary period to learn more about local men and women who served during the Great War. It also encourages clubs to find simple ways to pay respect for and honour their contribution over the next four years,” Tanya Davies said.
Activities may include establishing a perpetual plaque, upgrading an honour board, publishing the club’s service history in a newsletter or dedicating a game near Remembrance Day to local diggers.
“Whether it’s NSW Maori Rugby League, South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving or Southern Beaches Rugby - all have something unique to add to our Centenary of Anzac commemorations and all are invaluable local ambassadors,” Minister Dominello said.
There were 164,000 servicemen and women from NSW who enlisted during the First World War, including 40 per cent of the State’s male population aged between 18 and 44.
Information about United We Stand and other Centenary of Anzac initiatives in NSW can be found at: http://veterans.nsw.gov.au/centenary/.