NEED HELP WITH ARRANGEMENTS?
When a loved one who is either a veteran or an ex-service person dies, he/she is entitled to an RSL requiem at their funeral service.
To arrange this the family must advise the funeral director who will then advise us.
For more info rsl.org.au/Our-Services/Funerals-Burial-Ritual
The basic format is as follows:
We have gathered here today to pay our last tribute to a fellow ex-serviceman/woman
(Number and Name and details of service)
How well he/she was thought of may be seen by those who gather with me and mourn his/her passing to those who are nearest and dearest and to all relatives and friends.
May I on behalf of the President and Members of the Cairns Sub Branch, the RSL and myself express our deepest sympathy.
Their bodies are buried in peace and their name liveth forever more.
“O valiant hearts who to your glory came through dust of conflict and through battle flame, tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved, your memory hallowed in the land you loved.”
(With poppy in hand say)
“The hour has come for rest. This poppy, an emblem of sacrifice, of the symbol of life offered in service of one’s country, is a link between our fellow eserviceman/woman
(Number and Name)
and us who remain. I place it here in remembrance and I ask all ex-service members here present to do the same.”
The Last Post is now played.
“They shall not grow 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”
(All) One minute’s silence
LEST WE FORGET (All repeat)
Led by the RSL representative, the poppies are placed on the casket or in the grave, and members retire.