RSL - Our Vision and Objectives

Our vision: We support you, the military family.

We deliver this vision through our focus on:

  • Welfare

  • Financial sustainability

  • Membership

  • Commemoration

  • Sub Branch support

  • Community engagement


Our objects:
According to our Constitution, the objects for which the RSL (Queensland Branch) is established are to:

  1. provide for the sick, helpless, wounded, aged, vulnerable, destitute and needy among those who are serving or who have served in the Australian Defence Forces and their dependants;

  2. perpetuate the close and kindly ties of friendship created by a mutual service in the Australian Defence Force or in the forces of nations traditionally allied with Australia and the recollections associated with that experience;

  3. maintain a proper standard of dignity and honour among all past and present members of the Defence Forces of the nation and to set an example of public spirit and noble hearted endeavour;

  4. preserve the memory and the records of those who suffered and died for Australia, erect monuments to their valour, provide them with suitable burial places, and establish and preserve, in their honour, the annual commemoration days known as ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and other commemorative days;

  5. encourage loyalty to Australia and secure patriotic service in the interests of Australia;

  6. protect the good name and preserve the interests and standing of members of the Australian Defence Force;

  7. encourage Members, as citizens, to serve Australia with that spirit of self-sacrifice and loyalty with which they served as members of the Australian Defence Forces; and

  8. provide welfare to the sick, helpless, wounded, vulnerable, aged, destitute and needy

The RSL Salute

 

The Veterans Salute to their “Fallen Comrades” originated in London on Armistice Day in 1920, during the ceremony to unveil and dedicate the Cenotaph in Whitehall. At the same time, a funeral procession accompanying the remains of the “Unknown Soldier” halted at the Cenotaph during the ceremony before proceeding to Westminster Abbey for internment.

 

Those present included the senior Soldier, sailor and many Victoria Cross winners. The ceremony concluded with a march past.

 

The Regimental Sergeant Major of the Guard Regiment conducting the ceremony, faced with a gathering of highly decorated and high ranking military men (including many Victoria Cross winners), all wearing rows of medals, decreed that all would salute the Cenotaph as they marched past by placing their hand over their medals, signifying that “No matter what honours we may have been awarded they are nothing compared with the honour due to those who paid the supreme sacrifice”.

 

The RSL maintains that tradition to honour the dead by placing the right hand over medals (not our heart, our medals) during a march-past at a ceremonial occasion, or at a wreath laying ceremony.