Australia’s Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC, and Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Dan Keighran, VC presented the Australian Army with a new Army Banner on behalf of the nation at the celebrations for the Army’s 118th birthday.
The Banner was accepted on behalf of all ranks of the Australian Army by Regimental Sergeant Major - Army, Warrant Officer Grant McFarlane, OAM.
The Banner was consecrated at the Royal Military College Duntroon Chapel on 20 February 2019.
Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, said, “The Army’s birthday was a day to recognise and remember all that the Army’s soldiers had achieved and endured over the past 118 years.”
”We also acknowledge how these accomplishments put us in good stead to prepare for the contemporary environment – to be ready now and to become future ready.”
The birthday celebrations featured a presentation of the Theatre Honour Iraq, which acknowledged the incredible achievements of Australian soldiers during operations in Iraq.
“This title will be adorned on the new Army Banner and we pride ourselves on the Army values of courage, initiative, respect and teamwork,” LTGEN Burr said.
“Today we celebrate these values and the high ethical standards to which we hold ourselves accountable. Our people are our Army. They lead, inspire and make a difference.”
The retiring Army Banner was presented in 2001 as a ‘Gift from the Nation’ to commemorate the Centenary of the Australian Army.
The Banner is being replaced due to “deteriorating condition”, and will be laid up at the Blamey Barracks Chapel, Army Recruit Training Centre, in Kapooka, NSW.