Reserve soldiers honoured

ABOUT 250 people marched in  Hobart yesterday to honour reserve soldiers, as the state government promised a Flame of Remembrance.

 Premier Will Hodgman promised $200,000 towards a Flame of Remembrance at the Hobart Cenotaph, to be ready for Anzac Day.

The RSL in Tasmania will contribute $100,000 to the construction of the flame and the Hobart City Council will provide in-kind and other support.

The announcement came on the same day as the annual  Reserve Forces Day march.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten and Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas were guests at the march and brass plaque unveiling on Franklin Wharf in central Hobart.

Reserve Forces Day Council of Tasmania chairman Denis Bignold, who is a Vietnam veteran, said the day honoured the contribution of reserve soldiers, and the families and employers who supported them.

Mr Bignold said this year's theme was to remember the departure of the first Tasmanian troops bound for Europe during World War I, who left on October 20, 1914.

About 1000 left aboard the ships Geelong and Katuna from Hobart's Ocean Pier, which burnt down in 1932.

Mr Bignold said the plaque  was a tribute to those soldiers as 400 had not returned.

Premier Will Hodgman and RSL Tasmanian president Robert Dick at the Hobart Cenotaph announcing a Flame of Remembrance will be in place by Anzac Day. Picture: ROSEMARY BOLGER

Premier Will Hodgman and RSL Tasmanian president Robert Dick at the Hobart Cenotaph announcing a Flame of Remembrance will be in place by Anzac Day. Picture: ROSEMARY BOLGER

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