“It is a privilege and an honour” to serve the Gore and Districts Memorial RSA, branch padre the Rev Bruce Cavanagh says.
Mr Cavanagh was made a life member of the branch at its annual meeting, held recently.
Mr Cavanagh said he believed it was important to remember those who had died in the service of their country.
“It comes back to ‘lest we forget’,” he said.
“They have my utmost respect.”
More than 40 members of his extended family had died serving their country.
He wanted others to know the stories of their family members who had served, he said.
“I always challenge people to find out their family members that have served and they should be treated with the honour and respect they deserve.”
Mr Cavanagh joined as an associate member in 1998 and became a committee member in 2005.
He has been padre of the group since 2006.
One initiative he was proud of introducing was the reciting of the Oath every Friday at 6pm.
“We find that people are totally respectful.”
He had been very involved in the renovation of the club’s museum-sourcing information and photographs, which graphic artist Jacqui Byars had compiled into panels.
He was in the process of compiling material for a World War 2 display and hoped one day to have an interactive display people could use to find information.
Branch president Jarrad Scott said Mr Cavanagh had been a valuable member of the branch.
“He has been instrumental in organising and presenting our Anzac Day dawn service . as well as the remembrance service for Armistice Day,” Mr Scott said.