Chance to gather for Vet­er­ans

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

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.

DE­TAILS:

6am:

Alexan­dra Head­land for dawn ser­vice Cot­ton Tree ser­vice and march Ma­roochy­dore RSL for lunch

10:30am: 12:00pm:

“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/.

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