RSL salutes Vietnam soldiers
The RSL Port Hedland sub-branch held a twilight service on Saturday, August 18 to commemorate Vietnam Veterans Day.
The Hedland community joined the Pilbara Regiment and Town of Port Hedland staff to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of those who served in Australia’s longest conflict of the 20th century.
The Vietnam War started on November 1, 1955, ending on April 30, 1975, after the fall of the Vietnamese capital, Saigon — now known as Ho Chi Minh City.
Mayor Camilo Blanco said the service was an important part of remembering the people who fought to defend our country.
“We should never forget the sacrifices that they’ve made,” he said.
“We should always make a point to ensure these things don’t happen again. Fairly good turnout for a low-key event.
“Hopefully next year we can build on the numbers.
“Anzac Day is hugely supported by the people of Hedland.
“As they understand when this date is, I’m sure they will support this one as well.”
Almost 60,000 Australians served in the conflict, which claimed the lives of 521 Australian soldiers and left more than 3000 injured.
Mayor Camilo Blanco, Major Guy Warnock, Trever Bishop, Cameron Wagstaff, and RSL president Val Middleton.