War veterans Buster Crabb and Eddie Marshall at the Veterans Support and Advocacy Services Australia Warwick branch as part of the Warwick Tourism and Events Heritage Weekend.
War veterans Buster Crabb and Eddie Marshall at the Veterans Support and Advocacy Services Australia Warwick branch as part of the Warwick Tourism and Events Heritage Weekend. Michael Cormack

Heritage of the military kind

THE history of the military forces in Warwick was on show yesterday as part of the Warwick Tourism and Events Heritage Weekend.

The Veterans Support and Advocacy Service Australia Warwick branch opened its doors to show off its collection of armed forces equipment, stories and history.

War veteran and VSASA member Eddie Marshall said the day was about showing off the range of memorabilia and teaching people the history of the armed forces.

"We have a variety of uniforms and equipment," Mr Marshall said.

"We've also got a lot of photos and a range of other military memorabilia which people were able to have a look at and learn about.

"Things have really changed over the years in terms of clothing so it's good for people to see how things once were - particularly younger people.

"It wasn't just about the Army; we have memorabilia and equipment from the Navy and Air Force too."

Mr Marshall said Warwick had a strong military history.

"There are a lot of connections to war from Warwick," he said.

"Like anywhere, if you delve into the history there is always a story to tell.

"It's good to honour those who served our country."

Mr Marshall said VSASA was also there to support ex-servicemen and women.

"We are also here to help people who come back from, say, Afghanistan," he said.

"We give them somewhere to go to and find out what they are entitled to."

While there was not a huge turnout, Mr Marshall said he believed the day would grow.

"I think if Heritage Weekend continues to be promoted, it will improve," Mr Marshall said.

"This is the first year we have opened on Heritage Weekend so you would think it could only grow from here."

Did you know...?

The Australian Army established a Detention Barracks in Warwick during the Second World War for military prisoners.



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