The RSL Affiliate Membership Badge is a statement of Affiliate Membership of the Victorian Branch of the Returned and Services League and should be worn with pride. It declares a commitment to render service at all times to your country, your comrades and the League. It joins the Affiliate Member with a time honoured organisation that was founded by the most revered in our land and it is a privilege to wear this symbol of unity with the legend of ANZAC.
We ask that you look upon the Affiliate Membership Badge as an inspiration to good citizenship, cherishing it as a symbol of all that is best in our national life, wear it with pride, and honour all that it stands for.
The crown at the top of the badge symbolises the League’s loyalty to the Queen. Immediately below the crown provision has been made for a year-clip, which was to display the year of issue. This clip was to be replaced annually to indicate the wearer’s financial status, but is no longer used.
The badge includes 3 colours, red, white and blue and the symbolism of the colours is the same as that of the Service Member’s Badge. The red represents the blood tie of war upon which the Returned and Services League was originally founded. White stands for the purity of your motive in joining the League; to render service without thought of personal gain or ambition. The blue indicates your willingness to render that service to a comrade anywhere under the blue sky, wherever that comrade may be.
At the heart of the badge is a Tri-Service emblem representing the Army, Navy and Air Force and the link between Affiliate Members, the RSL and our Armed Forces. The placement of this symbol at the centre of the badge is representative of the fact that at the heart of Affiliate Membership is a commitment to honour those who have served our nation in war and peace through their enlistment in Australia’s Armed Forces.
We ask that you look upon the Service Membership Badge as an inspiration to good citizenship, cherishing it as a symbol of all that is best in our national life, and living up to the high ideals on which the organisation is based.
The crown at the top of the badge symbolises the League�s loyalty to the Queen. Below the crown, the floral emblems are as follows. On the left, the wattle is symbolic of Australia. On the right, the leek, the rose, the thistle, and the shamrock are symbolic of and represent the link with Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland respectively.
Your attention is drawn to the three colours in the badge. The red represents the blood tie of war that exists between you and your comrades. White stands for the purity of your motive in joining the League; to render services without thought of personal gain or ambition. The blue indicates your willingness to render that service to a comrade anywhere under the blue sky wherever he may be.
Depicted in the centre of the badge, and encircled by the name of the organisation, you will see a sailor, soldier, an airman and service woman marching together with their arms linked in friendship. This is to show that within the circle of the League, all Services, and all ranks, march together in unity and comradeship.