Vets in Harvey to honour service
Harvey RSL members David Best, president Eric Hall and Les Liddington pay tribute to those lost and those returned on Sunday along with veterans from across the South West. Harvey hosted the service on behalf of sub-branches all over the region with about 250 people attending the event.
A CROWD of about 250 people from across the South West gathered in Harvey on Sunday in honour of Vietnam Veterans Day and 51 years since the Battle of Long Tan.
About 70 veterans gathered on Uduc Road to march up to the war memorial to the tune of bagpipes where a crowd of nearly 180 people were waiting.
Harvey RSL secretary Brian Kealley welcomed the families and veterans and told the story of the battle of Long Tan, which Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates, when the 108 men of D Company faced a Viet Kong force of between 1500 to 2000.
Harvey RSL president Eric Hall and guest speaker Senator Glenn Sterle both spoke about the struggles faced by veterans from the war and the cold reception when they returned.
Derek and Greta Hall read a poem, The Heroes of Long Tan written by Binning up resident Pam Bevan especially for the service.
Emma Curulli sang And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda with accompanists Brodie Jordan and Kyden Toop, and played These Boots Are Made for Walking, a popular marching song for D company.
Members of the RSLs and the community laid wreaths before a bugler played, and the attendees moved to the Lesser Hall for a lunch and sharing memories.
Ric Evans and Geoff Box lay a wreath on behalf of the Donnybrook RSL.
Harvey RSL president Eric Hall makes his address in the Vietnam Veterans Day Service on Sunday.
Harvey RSL secretary Brian Kealley and Tony Ferraro, of Yarloop.
Bugler Cpl Brett Corkery with Forrest MHR Nola Marino.
Geoff Box, of Donnybrook, Peter Eastlake, of Preston Beach, and Harry Ventriss, of Leederville.
Kerry Baker and Ross stewart, of Bunbury RSL.
Judy Talbot and Jan Wilmott lay a wreath on behalf of the Harvey Red Cross Association.
Harvey shire president Tania Jackson passes the eternal flame to lay her wreath at the memorial.
Bunbury Army Cadet Unit stands as the catalfulque party throughout the service.