Official Local Events 2016

Official Local Events: Note to all members; wreath’s will be placed at all of the following events unless otherwise indicated e.g.104 Squadron Pass out Parade, this event will not require the placing of a wreath, all other events will require a wreath this will be carried out by an executive or a nominated member.

Tuesday 26th January 2016 Australia Day.

February Event – Australian National Service Day

National Service Day 14 February, since 2011 this day has been officially recognised we do so with pride and appreciation.

March Event – RAAF Birthday

Sunday 20th Casual Dress Meet downstairs 10:30 AM for Wreath placing Please wear medals.

April – ANZAC Day

Monday 25th Please turn up to March wearing medals NOT miniatures.

Dear all this is the procedures as follows for more information on the procedures please head on over to Cairns RSL Sub-Branch Website: 2016 ANZAC DAY PROGRAM:


5:30am – Dawn Service, Cairns Cenotaph, Cairns Esplanade

8:15am – Ecumenical Service, St Monica’s Cathedral, Abbott Street, Cairns

9:30am – Form up for march at Grafton Street (opposite Munro Martin Park)

10am – Start march from Grafton Street to Fogarty Park

10:45am – Fogarty Park Cairns Regional Council Civic Memorial Service

Theme for 2016 is Centenary of the Somme.

Anyone wishing to lay a wreath, please contact Regan O’Neill on 40515254 by 12pm Friday 22nd April.

Hot off the press of Bill Mac Son and Daughter at Dawn Service Trinity Beach.

Bill Angus and Kate ANZAC day 2016











May – Event – Battle of Coral Sea

Sunday 01st May Time TBA Wreath Laying Cardwell Representative: TBA.

June – Event – Bomber Command Memorial Service 

Sunday 05 Cairns RSL Sub-Branch Esplanade wreath placing 1100hrs. 

Left to Right: Bill, John, Dave, Roy, Geoff.

Left to Right: Bill, John, Dave, Roy, Geoff.

Left to Right: By John and Roy on behalf of the RAF and RAAF Associations.

Left to Right: By John and Roy on behalf of the RAF and RAAF Associations.

All 9 members that attended the service.

All 9 members that attended the service.

Wreaths placed by the following Members and epitaph reading:

Mr John Auger on behalf of the RAF and RAF Association UK.

Mr Bill Maconachie Reading of the epitaph Bomber Command Cairns Branch Snr Vice President.

Mr Roy Hartman OAM Immediate Past President of Cairns Branch.

The reading Bill presented was fantastic a true reflection of the bomber command worriers of the sky and their escorts, along with their ground crew and for those who did not return and for those who did return. Words cannot express our true feelings and everlasting thanks for our wonderful peaceful life free from tyranny and oppression.

To Bill a very special thanks for the Reading of the Bomber Command epitaph Snr Vice President of the RAAFA Cairns Branch as always Bill, your speeches and other epitaph’s are among the very best and always reflect the true character of the people of which the epitaph refers to.   

We all retired to the Cairns RSL Sub-Branch for morning tea, and a special thanks to the staff of the RSL it was a fantastic feast from the side of the Chefs’ and greeted by the dining room staff fantastic friendly service as always. We were treated like royalty by all staff members both kitchen and dining room alike a very special thanks to all. Very much appreciated from the RAAF Association Cairns Branch Members and Executives.


 July – Event – Reserve Forces Day

Sunday 03rd Reserve Forces Day or TBA Time and Ceremony.

August – Events

Vietnam Veterans Day

Thursday 18th August 2016 1700hrs Vietnam Veterans Day Medals to be worn – details TBA.

Victory in the Pacific Day

Sunday 14th Rocky Creek by 0900 HRS Medals to be Worn.

September Event – Battle of Britain 76th Anniversary Commemoration and together with the 70th Anniversary of the Formation of Royal Australian Air Force Association Cairns Branch.  

The 70th Anniversary of the Formation of RAAFA Cairns Branch Commemoration, and combined with the Battle of Brittan 76th Anniversary Commemoration. The event commencing on  the 18th September 2016, at the Cairns RSL on the esplanade at the cenotaph commencing at 1100 hrs to commemorate the above events.  Sunday 18th (Third Sunday) Casual Dress and Medals to be worn Meet downstairs at 1030 hrs for Wreath placing and Commemorative event, this is a community event and all welcome to attend the Commemorative ceremony on the esplanade at the cenotaph.

Program for the Commemorative Ceremony

Battle of Britain 76th & RAAFA Cairns Branch 70th 

Anniversary Commemoration Service Program

Sunday 18th September 2016 @ 1100hrs Cairns Sub-Branch RSL

All officiators Catafalque Party and flag Marshallers to be in place by 1030hrs

Welcome – Mr Roy Hartman OAM master of ceremonies

Commemoration Prayer – Chaplain Fr. Laurie Timms (RAN Retired)

Address – Mr Neil Howard Air Craft Flyover opening;- pilot Mr Pat English and owner

Mr John Auger RAF Battle of Britain UK RAF and RAF Association UK.

Mr William Maconachie RAAF Battle of Britain Australia.

Mr Roy Hartman – 104 City of Cairns Squadron AAFC Mount the Catafalque Party and flag Marshallers

Placing of Wreaths – Mr Roy Hartman OAM; wreath placing as per list

Play the lament during wreath placing:

Representing_______________Hon Bob Manning OAM Mayor City of Cairns

Wing Commander John Brown Royal Australian Air Force

Mr Phil Warwick RSL Cairns Sub-Branch Deputy President

Mr Ted Mildren CSM RAAFA Area Vice President Representing QLD Division

Mr John Auger Representing RAF and RAF Association United Kingdom

Mr David Goggin RAAFA Cairns Branch President

Parade to Attention – Mr Roy Hartman OAM

Ode – Mr William Maconachie

Last Post – Mr Jonathan Christodoulides Bugler, Piper RSL Pipe and Drum Band Cairns

“Lest we Forget” (one minute silence) Mr Roy Hartman OAM

Rouse – Mr Jonathan Christodoulides Bugler, Piper Mr Brian Whaling RSL Pipe and Drum Band Cairns

National Anthems Australian and British Vocalist – Senior Musician Connor Wright, St Augustine’s Collage Cairns.

Parade at Ease – Mr Roy Hartman OAM

Mr Roy Hartman OAM – 104 City of Cairns Squadron AAFC Dismount the Catafalque Party and flag Marshallers

Conclusion – Mr Roy Hartman OAM

This is a community event and as such open to the public


November Event – Remembrance Day

Friday 11th Remembrance Day 1030 hrs Wreath placing during the ceremony at the Cenotaph Esplanade – Medals to be worn.

This Year 2016, 104 Squadron pass-out parade TBA.