Canberra visit for students, police and RSL members

September 13, 2017

Mr Dunstan and Brooklyn met Air Marshall Leo Davies at the service.

WWII veteran John Dunstan and Yarrawonga student Brooklyn Dowling laid a wreath at the Canberra War Memorial marking the anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay.

A group made up of Yarrawonga Mulwala RSL Sub-Branch members, local police and ten students interested in joining the defence forces recently attended the Canberra War Memorial and the Australian Defence Force Academy Open Day.     

The group included 94-year old Yarrawonga resident John Dunstan who was a flight sergeant in the Air Force during WW2.  
He flew in Catalina Flying Boats during the war in the pacific and served in locations including Port Moresby and Milne Bay.   
The visit to the War Memorial coincided with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay.  
John and Sacred Heart student Brooklyn Dowling laid a wreath at the last post ceremony at the memorial marking the anniversary.   
Brooklyn who has aspirations of joining the air force got to meet Air Marshal Leo Davies the chief of the Air Force who was present at the service.  
The following day the group attended the Defence Force Academy Open Day which enabled the students to speak to defence force recruitment.  
The open day included numerous military displays.
“It was a great weekend with the students getting to socialise with the RSL members while opening their eyes to the possibilities of a career in the Defence Force,” said Sgt Grant Churchin from Mulwala Police.

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