THE ODE OF REMEMBRANCE (The Ode)
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we Forget.
The "Ode" is taken from Laurence Binyon's poem?"For the Fallen"
The Returned Sailors & Soldiers Imperial League of Australia, NSW Branch, (as it was then known) granted a charter of membership to the Hornsby Sub-Branch on 16 June, 1919.
How the League Evolved
The RSL evolved as a direct result of the camaraderie, concern and mateship shown by the "Diggers" for the welfare of their mates during and after the 1914 - 1918 War. That ethos of compassion and service remains today the motivating influence of the League.
In June 1916 The Returned Soldiers' League became The Returned Sailors' & Soldiers' Imperial League.
From 1915 to 1919, states had their own "Returned Soldiers' Associations" or RSA. These were incorporated into the Returned Sailors' & Soldiers' Imperial League as state branches, from which local sub-branches were formed.
Since that time the RSL has undergone several name changes which reflect both the changing face of Australia's defence forces and RSL membership.
-1941: Returned Sailors', Soldiers' and Airmen Imperial League
-1966: Returned Services League
-1990: Returned and Services League