RSL salutes Viet­nam sol­diers

North West Telegraph - - News -

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.

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