Gayn­dah stops for vets

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

ROLL OF HON­OUR: Ex-ser­vice­men in Gayn­dah pre­pare to hon­our Viet­nam Vet­er­ans, 2014.

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