Vet­er­ans given re­spect at ser­vice

Pub­lic re­mem­bers the Bat­tle of Long Tan

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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