Chance to gather for Veterans
THE sound of bagpipes will be heard across the Coast tomorrow, as the Coast’s Veterans gather to commemorate the battle of Long Tan.
It’s been more than 51-years since 60,000 Australia servicemen and women were deployed to Vietnam with more then 500 killed in service.
Presidents Vietnam Veterans of Australia Sunshine Coast sub branch Michael Howe said tomorrow will be a day to commemorate those lost and those still living with the emotional and physical scars.
“The day will start off with a 6am dawn service for the war dogs at Alexandra Headlands,” he said.
“At 10:30 there will then be a service in Cotton Tree which the dignitaries will attend.
“There will be a march on with the Vietnam Veterans.
Alexandra Headland for dawn service Cotton Tree service and march Maroochydore RSL for lunch
“After that we will head up to the Maroochydore RSL where we will have lunch.”
Mr Howe said they always get a large crowd gathering for the commemorations at Cotton Tree.
He said it gives him great pride to see such a large gathering.
“There was 5,000 recorded physical injuries during the Vietnam war,” he said.
“The problem we have today are the mental injuries.”
Mr Howe said this year they are putting on a ladies lunch in support.
For more information about Vietnam Veterans, visit www.vietnamvetssc.org.au/.