Gayndah stops for vets
THE Australian flag flew at half-mast at Gayndah’s cenotaph on Sunday as Vietnam Veterans Day was commemorated.
The service was held a day earlier than August 18, which marked the 47th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, in which 18 Australian soldiers lost their lives.
Gayndah RSL Sub-branch president Boyd Baker said the choice to celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day, rather than World War II dates such as Victory in the Pacific, was a local one.
“Long Tan was a celebration of traditional Australian courage, of ‘Never Say Die’, but it wasn’t the only time the Vietnam Vets demonstrated that tenacity,” Mr Baker said.
“But then they just received such shameful treatment while they were on the field and when they came home (and) we’re going to do whatever we can to make it up to them.”
Gayndah RSL secretary and treasurer Craig Fothergill served in the navy doing escorted patrol duties during the Vietnam War.
During the service, wreaths were laid by the RSL, Legacy Ladies, the Moerland and Shepherd families
ROLL OF HONOUR: Ex-servicemen in Gayndah prepare to honour Vietnam Veterans, 2014.