Ser­vice to recog­nise war heroes

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A SER­VICE ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of all Viet­nam vet­er­ans and the soldiers of D Com­pany 6 RAR who lost their lives at the bat­tle of Long Tan in Phuoc Tuy Prov­ince, South Viet­nam in 1966, will be held this Sun­day at 11am.

The ser­vice is ded­i­cated to Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Day and the bat­tle of Long Tan and will be held at the Cannonvale Botan­i­cal Gar­dens near the Cannonvale State School.

Air­lie Beach RSL sub branch deputy pres­i­dent Bill Rose said the bat- tle of Long Tan was one of the larger bat­tles in Viet­nam. “The Viet­nam war, even though it was un­pop­u­lar, it was our re­spon­si­bil­ity to take part in recog­ni­tion of the treaties of the free na­tions and the soldiers that were sent did the bid­ding of the govern­ment at the time,” he said.

“They did a good job and proved they still car­ried on the AN­ZAC spirit even though many of them were con­scripts. There was only a small group of Aus­tralians who took on over 2000 Viet Cong in the bat­tle of Long Tan and their courage should be ad­mired and re­mem­bered.”

The ser­vice will be held in con­junc­tion with the Proser­pine RSL Sub Branch to al­low for vet­er­ans, vis­i­tors, fam­ily and friends to come to­gether to pay their re­spects.

The ser­vice will last for half an hour fol­lowed by a re­union and a meet and greet at the Air­lie Beach RSL sub branch rooms at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ron James on 0411 694 774.

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