Veterans given respect at service
Public remembers the Battle of Long Tan
ON Friday services were held across the country to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and to remember all those who served in the Vietnam War.
The service held in Violet Town was greeted with a cold and rainy day, but that didn’t stop veterans, family and friends who turned out to commemorate the nearly 60,000 Australian men and women who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975, and pay their respects to the 521 who lost their lives.
The service was highlighted by addresses from Vietnam Veterans and former National Servicemen Ian May from Benalla and Phillip Munt of Euroa.
Both men spoke of their experiences leading up to and during the Vietnam conflict, and skirmishes with the Viet Cong in the oppressive heat and humidity of the Vietnamese jungle.
Patti Hart led those gathered in prayer, before wreaths were laid at the foot of the Vietnam Veterans memorial cross.
Violet Town RSL president John Montgomery delivered the closing address and thanked all those in attendance for braving the rain and cold to make it to the ceremony.
Everyone was then welcomed indoors for lunch and for warming tea and coffee.