Source: Australian Defence Force
30 September 2019
The Australian Army today held a ceremony at the Army Recruit Training Centre, Kapooka, NSW, to formally lay up the retired Australian Army Banner.
The ceremony held in the Blamey Barracks Soldiers Chapel, marked the end of service for the Banner, which was presented to the Army as a gift from the nation in 2001.
Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO, said the ceremony was important to recognise the history and traditions represented by the Banner.
“I can think of no more appropriate place to lay up the retired Army Banner than here at Kapooka, the home of the soldier,” Lieutenant General Burr said.
“The Banner represents the history and contributions of our people, from our beginning in 1901 through to today.
“We acknowledge our history that has set the foundation for our people to lead, inspire and make a difference.
“The Banner embodies our Army values of courage, initiative, respect and teamwork. Recruits who go through training at Kapooka will now have a visual reminder of our extensive history and traditions.”
The Army Banner is never destroyed or disposed of. As part of historic military tradition the Banner is laid up during a military ceremony and then displayed in a sacred or public place.
The Australian Army, on the occasion of its 118th birthday on 1 March 2019, received a new Banner to replace the retiring Banner. The new Banner was presented to the Army on behalf of the nation by the-then Governor-General, His Excellency General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), and Corporal Dan Keighran, VC, in a ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
Imagery of the Army Banner laying up ceremony is available at https://images.defence.gov.au/S20192304