Medallion helps Marie mark an important moment in history

A RECENT Remembrance Day service held at Columbia Aged Care facility was meaningful for Marie Ryan.

Oberon RSL Sub Branch president Bill Wilcox presented Marie with the Commemorative Medallion and Commemorative Certificate marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The medallion and certificate, produced by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, were made available to every living veteran of WWII to thank them for their contribution to the war effort.


Marie, her sister Joan and her brothers Ernie and Charlie Wilson all served in the army during the war. Unfortunately, Charlie, like many others, did not return.

Marie, who will celebrate her 95th birthday this month, was stationed in Sydney when peace was declared and joined the crowds of people who gathered in Martin Place to celebrate.

It was while they were both in the army that Marie met her future husband, Ted Ryan.

They were married after the war and made their home in Oberon, where they raised their four sons. Marie now has nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.