Air League Officer recognised as an RSL ANZAC of the Year

On Thursday the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) announced the recipients of the 2022 RSL ANZAC of the Year Awards, which recognise efforts and achievements given in service to fellow Australians and to the community in a positive, selfless and compassionate manner.

Among the recipients this year was Comr. Raymond Claude Bell OAM, in recognition of over 75 years ongoing commitment to the Australian Air League, over 50 years voluntary service as a band marshal at the Sydney ANZAC Day March, and his long service to the Air Force Association [NSW Division).

Comr. Raymond Bell OAM announced as a recipient of the RSL ANZAC of the Year Awards 2022
(photo Michael Oud)

Comr. Bell joined the Australian Air League as a young cadet in November 1944 and has served in a many roles including NSW Boys Group Executive Commissioner. He is currently back at the Squadron level, as Officer Commanding Squadron at Moorebank Squadron where he still works with the cadets today.

The other recipients for 2022 are Mr Harold (Harry) Allie BEM of NSW for work on indigenous involvement in commemorative services and Dr Madeline Romaniuk for her work in the areas of mental health and other health conditions affecting veterans and their families.

To read more about the Award and this year’s recipients, visit the RSL website here.

Anzac Day 2021

ANZAC Day 2020 was different to ANZAC Days of years past. The COVID pandemic prevented gatherings at services or marches, but it could not stop the ANZAC Spirit.

Right around the country, Australians commemorated ANZAC Day 2020 by taking part in “Light Up The Dawn” from their driveway or balcony. The Australian Air League took part with cadets and Officers submitting photos and video that were prominently displayed through the media.

Cadets and Officers are invited to once again take part in a Last Post video, to be posted online in the lead up to ANZAC Day.

We want you to submit a photo or video of yourself in uniform at dawn (0600hrs) now on your driveway, at your front gate or on your verandas. Cadet may also choose to video themselves at this time reciting The Ode, or you may wish to explain what ANZAC Day means to you.

We will include all suitable photos submitted as well as the best videos in a montage clip to be released at Dawn on ANZAC Day, 25th April 2021. This is your chance to take part in a grassroots campaign to commemorate ANZAC Day in 2021.

Photos and videos, and any questions can be sent to Be sure to include your name and membership number in your email. Alternatively upload your photos and videos using the link provided here.

Unable to take part in an ANZAC Day Service or march this year?

Join us this ANZAC Day at 0600hrs local time for a Driveway Vigil at home to commemorate all those who have served and sacrificed for our nation.

Dress requirements will be full Australian Air League uniform. Photos can be sent to for display on social media platforms on the day.

ANZAC Biscuits

With ANZAC Day coming up its a great time to try making your own ANZAC biscuits – check out this recipe put online by RSL Queensland.

You can find the recipe online here.

ANZAC Day 2020

ANZAC Day 2020 was different this year due to COVID-19, but the spirit of the day is stronger than ever.

Australian Air League cadets from all over the nation took part and posted their photos on social media. The Air League was also featured in the Channel 9 Today Show special!

We are collecting photos from the day to make a montage – if you would like to send yours email it to

ANZAC Day – Last Post

For over 80 years, cadets of the Australian Air League have taken part and assisted in ANZAC Day Dawn Services and Parades across Australia.

The Australian Air League was founded in 1934 by Mr George Robey who was himself one of the original ANZACs, and a veteran of the Gallipoli Landing.

Whilst the current COVID situation prevents Australians gathering together, we are proud to take part in Light Up the Dawn this coming ANZAC Day.

Our thanks go to the Cadets and Officers, and their parents who helped to make this video possible.

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