Vets in Har­vey to honour ser­vice

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

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.

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

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.

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