VIETNAM WAR REMEMBERED
VIETNAM Veterans Day, with a focus on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, was commemorated in the shire on August 18.
The organisers at the Mossman Sub-branch of the RSL were especially pleased with what was the strongest turn out in quite some time.
“We got a lot of people from around Sydney and other places including Brisbane, who are up here on holidays,” said branch secretary Wally Gray.
“And I think the publicity in the paper helped us out a lot to get a better crowd this year.
Mr Gray said the occasion was to to “remember what our boys did over in Vietnam, so they’re not forgotten.
“It’s integrity in our history; they did their part and we can’t forget about that.
“Unfortunately a lot of them came back and had post traumatic stress disorders, which unfortunately is something that can be difficult to identify and to work out with them all, but we just have to keep going.”
It was a message touched on also in the address by president Ron Savage, who said “sadly we are still finding ex service members and their families who from WWII onwards are in need of support”.
And it was effectively explored in a poem by David J. Delaney, of Cairns, whose thoughts on the effects of modern conflict were read Father Barry Patterson.
It reflected on the wars of today, and though while the nature of the threats may change, the effects of fighting are all-too familiar.
“A new generation needs our help” the poem says.
The commemoration at Mount Molloy included the dedication of a replica Battle of Long Tan Cross, which was built using a partial grant given by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans, a naval contingent from HMAS Cairns, members of the community and children from the Julatten and Mount Molloy schools attended the commemoration where the audience listened to prayers led by Father Robert Greenup, and an address by WO John Menhenick of HMAS Cairns.
Ra Ribes and Night
Ron Savage, RSL branch president