Article Courtesy: Northern Territory News
troops of Tiger Battalion 5th Royal Australian
Regiment were presented with a permanent
memorial of their fallen mascot tiger yesterday.
A 2.2m x 1.8m painting of their deceased mascot,
Sabre, was unveiled to the applause and cheers
of the 5 RAR at the Robertson Barracks.
Artist Chloe Blanchard said it was a tribute to
the efforts of the troops and hoped it would
brighten their recreation area.
"I was so nervous about the unveiling," the
personal trainer said. "The general response has
been how much they appreciate it and how good it
looks, so I think I pulled it off."
Ms Blanchard, 20, is the Director of Platinum
Personal Painting and her husband Craig is a
member of 5 RAR.
"We both wanted to commemorate the efforts of
the unit and the time they gave to serve their
country," she said.
officer, Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Forbes, said
he hoped his troops would embrace the memorial
as an interim mascot until Sabre's replacement
was found. Formally named Quintus Septimus Sabre
he was the third tiger mascot for the Battalion
and lived at Crocodylus Park.
He died in September 2010 at 17 years old.
To view a video of the presentation
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