Special Anzac award for Bill Wilcox

HONOUR: Federal Member for Calare John Cobb, right, was in Oberon last week to present Oberon RSL Sub Branch president Bill Wilcox with the Anzac Spirit Award.

Federal Member for Calare John Cobb was in Oberon last week to present Oberon RSL Sub Branch president Bill Wilcox with an Anzac Spirit Award.

Mr Cobb said the Anzac Spirit Awards were relevant as Australia celebrates 100 years since World War 1.

He said the war touched the lives of nearly every Australian and the impacts are still felt today.

For Australia, the war remains the most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties.

“It is essential to commemorate, remember and learn from those who sacrificed their lives during years of conflict,” he said.

The Anzac Centenary Program encompasses all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved.

The Anzac Spirit Award is presented to sub branch members who are nominated by their peers for their ongoing contribution to the local community and sub branch members.

“I have known Bill for many years and I feel he is a deserving recipient of this award for his dedication to his RSL Sub Branch members,” Mr Cobb said.

Mr Cobb said there are about 40 RSL Sub Branches in NSW and all have nominated a member for the Anzac Spirit Award.

Bill Wilcox said he was proud to receive the award and it was a fitting time as Oberon’s commemoration of those who served in World War 1 is this Saturday.

All community members are invited to join in the street parade, which starts at 10.30am and concludes at the Oberon RSL Sub Branch Military Museum, where there will be a military memorabilia display, food and activities.

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