0808, MONASH MEDAL AND MORE

Wednesday, 7 August at 12.30-2.00 pm, 35th Floor, Sofitel Hotel 

The Monash Medal recognises Leadership, Integrity and Service and we are delighted to advise that this year’s Awardee is Major General Jim Barry. The presentation will be made at the Rotary Club of Melbourne luncheon:

Thursday, 8 August at 7.45am for 8.00 am Shrine of Remembrance

The 0808 Committee invites all Rotarians to gather at The Shrine of Remembrance Visitors Centre to honour the detailed planning and marvellous execution of the great battle and victory in the Battle of Amiens - World War I by the Australian Forces united for the first time under Australian Command.

At 0800 we will witness the overflight (weather permitting) by the Sopwith Pup (RAAF Museum) in recognition of the significant new role of the Australian Air Corps in the Battle of Amiens, followed by an official welcome, wreath laying and ode to Monash.

Refer - Bernie McIntosh bernie.mcintosh@vicgroup.com.au

Friday, 9 August

The Annual Spirit of Australia Foundation’s Monash Commemorative Service at the Legislative Assembly Chamber of the Victorian Parliament, commencing with assembly in Queen’s Hall from 10.00am for the Service to commence at 10.30am and concluding by 11.45am followed by lunch at the Sofitel Hotel on Collins at 12.30pm for 1.00pm.  This represents a wonderful opportunity to commemorate Rotary Melbourne’s second President in historical surroundings.

Refer - Bernie McIntosh   bernie.mcintosh@vicgroup.com.au

Thanks Bernie for these notes:

On 8 August 1918 the Allied forces secured an extraordinary victory in the Battle of Amiens. The strategy and planning for the battle was conceived and designed by Sir John Monash and subsequently adopted by the British High Command. The battle was the first in a sequence which forced the Germans onto the back foot from which they were not able to recover. In recognition of the success Monash was knighted for his efforts.

(Historians may enjoy the brief note below.)

After the war Monash returned to civilian life and was instrumental in the establishment of the Rotary Club of Melbourne becoming its second President.

On behalf of the 0808 Committee, all Rotarians are invited to celebrate the 101st Battle of Amiens:
0808@0800 – Commemorating The 95th Anniversary of the Australian Victory at the Battle of Amiens, 8 Aug 1918 by the Australian Army Corps led by Sir John Monash, Lieutenant-General, Commander. Australian Corps

The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne – Thurs 8 August 2019 at 0745hrs for 0800hrs

 At 0745hrs you are invited to gather at The Shrine of Remembrance Visitors Centre to honour the detailed planning and marvellous execution of the great battle and victory in the Battle of Amiens - WWI by the Australian Forces united for the first time under Australian Command. At 0800 we will witness the overflight (weather permitting) by the Sopwith Pup (RAAF Museum) in recognition of the significant new role of the Australian Air Corps in the Battle of Amiens, followed by an official welcome, wreath laying and short addresses related to Monash leadership.

Brief Note:
British war correspondent Philip Gibbs noted Amiens' effect on the war's tempo, saying on 27 August that "the enemy...is on the defensive" and "the initiative of attack is so completely in our hands that we are able to strike him at many different places." Gibbs also credits Amiens with a shift in troop morale, saying "the change has been greater in the minds of men than in the taking of territory.

On our side the army seems to be buoyed up with the enormous hope of getting on with this business quickly" and that "there is a change also in the enemy's mind. They no longer have even a dim hope of victory on this western front. All they hope for now is to defend themselves long enough to gain peace by negotiation."


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