Originally known as the Returned Sailors & Soldiers Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA),
the name was changed to the Returned Soldiers and Airman’s Imperial League of Australia (RSSAILA) in 1940.
In 1965, the name was then changed to the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSLA). Finally, in 1990, the name was changed to the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL).
The RSL badge is a symbol representing readiness at all times to render service to Queen and country and to former comrades.
It can’t be purchased and may only be worn by those who have served their country.
The shield design is symbolic of the protection provided to those who wear it. Within the badge, red represents the blood ties of war that exist between comrades; white stands for the purity of the motives in joining the league – to render service without personal gain or ambition; and blue indicates a willingness to serve a comrade anywhere under the blue sky.
The wattle draws symbolism from its Australia roots, with the leek, the rose and the shamrock standing for Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland respectively.
Within the centre circle – a sailor, soldier, airman and servicewoman marching together with their arms linked in comradery depict all of the services and ranks marching together in unity.
At Returned Sevicemens Clubs throughout Australia, members observe one minute's silence each night at 6:pm.
The verse, (Recitation of Laurence Binyon's lines from the "For the Fallen':
"They shall not grow 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." ("We will remember them" repeated by all present)
is recited in memory of those who died, it is followed by the response, "Lest We Forget".
Picture: Coorparoo (R.S.L.) Memorabillia,
War Years Original Repo, XXXX Fourex.