Why Veterans Reunite
“I now know why men who have been to war yearn to reunite. Not to tell stories or look at old pictures. Not to laugh or weep. Comrades gather because they long to be with the men who once acted at their best; men who suffered and sacrificed together, who were stripped of their humanity. I did not pick these men. They were delivered by fate and the military. But I know them in a way I know no other men.
I have never given anyone such trust. They were willing to guard something more precious than my life. They would have carried my reputation, the memory of me. It was part of the bargain we all made, the reason we were so willing to die for one another. As long as I have memory, I will think of them all, every day. I am sure that when I leave this world, my last thought will be of my family and my comrades…Such good men.”
By an unnamed Soldier
“Where old mates reunite”
2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
Brisbane QLD – 17 to 21 May 2017
This is a National 5-Year Reunion for everyone who served in 2RAR or 2/4RAR. The last National Reunion was held in Townsville in July 2012. You do not need to be an Association member to come to the reunion. Rally your mates and make this a memorable reuniting of past comrades-in-arms. Spouses/partners/families are most welcome however it is essental that all attendees are registered.
Our New Zealand mates will be warmly welcomed. Come over to Brisbane and let’s stand shoulder to shoulder again in the spirit of comradeship.
Encourage your mates to come along even though they may not have been to a reunion before. It will be a chance to let go and enjoy the company of the 2RAR Family.
Brisbane is at its best in May – Come and enjoy the warm welcome, the warm weather and perfect days.
Wednesday 17th May 2017
All Day Sub-unit/group reunions. Not organised by Association. Own arrangements
Thursday 18th May 2017
Registration and Welcome Function
8.00am to 5.00pm Registration/Check in
4.30pm to 7.00pm Welcome Function – The Courier Mail Piazza, South Bank, Brisbane
Friday 19th May 2017
Commemorative Service and Lunch
From 8.00am Buses commence pick-up on various routes
10.00am Commemorative Service, Contemplation Building, National Memorial Walk, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera
11.15am Individual Tour of National Memorial Walk
12.30pm Lunch service commences
1.30pm Static display of Infantry equipment, weapons and vehicles
3.00pm Embus for return to pick-up points
Saturday 20th May 2017
6.00pm Assemble for Reunion Dinner, Brisbane Convention and Entertainment Centre, Grey Street Entrance, South Bank, Brisbane
12.00am Dinner concludes
Sunday 21st May 2017
12.00noon Ladies lunch at Pony Dining, Eagle St, Brisbane (great dining and great views over Brisbane River)
12.00noon Men’s Lunch, Rum Bar, Breakfast Creek Hotel (one of Brisbane’s iconic hotels)
Registration opened on 28 September 2016
* Register online at http://2rar-association.net.au/2017-national-reunion/ click on the ticket, choose the option “early bird” in the drop down menu, order the number of tickets you require, click “book ticket” then proceed to checkout. Your payment options are listed so select one, pay and your done.
* Register by “Registration Form”. Download a form Registration Form, fill it in, post it to the special PO Box listed on the form, then enclose a cheque or pay by direct deposit (details are shown on the form).
* There will also be a Registration form in the next three issues of RINGO in October, December and April
The cost of attending the reunion is:
• Early bird registration EXTENDED (
up to 30th November 2016) – $180 per person
Regular registration (from 1st December 2016 to 31st March 2017) – $200 per person
• Late registration (from 1st May) – $225 per person
Entry to all activities and functions of the Reunion is covered by your registration.If you have any questions/queries, please call +61 7 3342 4272 for assistance.
Registration process is NOT completed until fees have been received and cleared
Reunion Hotline – (07) 3342 4272
The Committee has contracted Jan Berryman Events to manage the processes of the reunion. Jan works very closely with the Committee on all aspects of the reunion but in particular, venue identification and engagement, registration, promotion and marketing and check-in.
T: 07 5443 5583
M: 0407 926 270
Leo Van De Kamp
T: 07 5444 0889
M: 0414 864 654
T: (07) 3901 4266
M: 0410 058 257
“Where old mates reunite”