WITH the foundation of the RSL in 1916, there was a commitment to support Australian youth.
Over the years this commitment somehow got lost, but the RSL City of Cockburn Sub-branch has taken it up to carry on the wishes of the early veterans.
In 1995 the sub-branch established the Dick Green Memorial Award including a $50 cheque and framed certificate for a student in three local primary schools, and in 2001 it was renamed the Anzac Memorial Award and is now offered to all primary schools in Cockburn and several in Fremantle.
In 2001 RSL member Arthur Stanton introduced the RSL City of Cockburn Anzac Youth Parade and Service, with the vision of students marching as their forefathers had done before them. The first parade and service was held in 2002, however, all good plans can have problems, the drought broke and it poured down rain.
The parade was cancelled and the service moved inside the Cockburn Civic Centre.
But since then the event has grown in size and popularity, and now 1500 students from 28 schools in Cockburn and Fremantle attend.