Taxi Industry Honoured to Assist Veterans and War Widows for the Centenary of ANZAC Commemorations

24 April 2015 | NSW Taxi Council

The 2015 Sydney CBD ANZAC Day March will see approximately 100 taxis escort veterans and their war widows for the 100 year ANZAC anniversary.

Veterans and war widows who, because of age or medical conditions, are unable to march have been provided with the option of travelling in a taxi during the parade.

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The Sydney Metropolitan Taxi Networks will collect veterans from their homes on the day, escort them into the city, provide breakfast and take them on the march before bringing them safely home.

This year in pride of place, leading the parade will be RSL Cabs with their classic vintage Plymouth vehicles.

Classic Plymouth vehicle at the 2014 Sydney CBD ANZAC Parade
Classic Plymouth vehicle at the 2014 Sydney CBD ANZAC Day Parade

Operations Manager for the NSW Branch of the Returned and Services League Australia, Lindsay Russell, said it was important there are additional options available for veterans and war widows.

“The NSW RSL is greatly appreciative of the assistance that the NSW Taxi Industry gives to enabling veterans, who otherwise may not be able to participate in the march, the opportunity to do so,” he said.

NSW Taxi Council CEO Roy Wakelin-King, who himself is a returned serviceman, highlighted that facilitating safe and reliable transport for veterans and war widows is a service the taxi industry is proud to provide on a daily basis.

“We are proud to provide this service to our veteran community. We are fully committed to our work with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and ANZAC Day is a time to show recognition and respect,” he said.

“ANZAC Day is always a significant event for veterans and their families and we are committed to helping make their day a little easier.”

Mr Wakelin-King also noted the strong historical links between the taxi industry and the Australian armed forces.

“After the Second World War, the Government used taxi licences as a way of integrating returned service personnel back into society and as a consequence, a number of cooperatives were established with direct links to the returned services community,” he said. 

“Iconic networks such as Legion and RSL have their origins based directly to this heritage.”

Many Sydney Metropolitan Taxi Networks will be represented at the march, with a notable mention going to Manly Warringah Cabs, who have a contingent of 50 cabs arriving from the northern beaches to join the parade.

“Our appreciation goes to the RSL and all ex-Service Organisations for their support and we hope that our contribution will help make this auspicious occasion a memorable one for veterans and their families,” Mr Wakelin-King said.

Sydney CBD March Map: http://rslnsw.org.au/uploads/ANZACMarchMap2015.pdf

Order of March: http://rslnsw.org.au/uploads/ANZACDayOrderofMarch15.pdf