About RSL Symbolism

Prahran RSL LogoThe RSL badge represents readiness at all times to serve Queen and country, and to acknowledge former comrades. It is a time-honoured emblem, one that has been worn with pride by the most revered in our land. The wattle is symbolic of Australia. The leek, the rose, the thistle, and the shamrock are symbolic of and represent our historic links with Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland respectively.

Neither wealth, nor influence, nor social standing can purchase the badge, which may be worn in honour only by those who have rendered service in the armed forces of Australia and her allies.

The three main colours in the badge are representative of:

  • Red represents the blood tie of war that exists between servicemen and women.
  • White stands for the purity of your motive in joining the League – to render services without thought of personal gain or ambition.
  • Blue means you’re willing to render that service to a comrade anywhere, anytime.

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 RSL, all services, and all ranks, march together in unity and comradeship.