Viet­nam Vet­er­ans hon­oured

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Viet­nam Vet­er­ans Day was com­mem­o­rated last Satur­day, Au­gust 18 with vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies at­tend­ing a ser­vice at the Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala RSL Memo­rial Wall at ClubMul­wala.

The date is sig­nif­i­cant as it was on this day in 1966 that D Coy 6th Bat­tal­ion, RAR, en­gaged with an es­ti­mated 2500 VC in a rub­ber plan­ta­tion near Long Tan, South Viet­nam.

This day has also be­come so much more for our vet­er­ans who served in Viet­nam as these men and women were much ma­ligned by sec­tors of the Aus­tralian pub­lic for tak­ing part in an un­pop­u­lar war.

Those in at­ten­dance to the lo­cal cel­e­bra­tion re­mem­bered the sac­ri­fice of these Viet­nam Vet­er­ans and also took the time to re­mem­ber all of our fallen and ac­knowl­edge the sac­ri­fice those cur­rently in our de­fence forces make.

This ser­vice was also a lit­tle dif­fer­ent as the vet­er­ans sat to one side while the fam­ily sat op­po­site, and recog­ni­tion was made to the fam­i­lies.

RSL Sub-Branch Pres­i­dent Ian Sum­mers thanked those who fought for hon­our, duty and Aus­tralia and recog­nised the courage and ded­i­ca­tion these peo­ple showed.

“Thank you for serv­ing our coun­try when we called you, es­pe­cially at a time it was not pop­u­lar to heed the call,” Ian said.

“Like your fa­thers be­fore you, you put your dreams on hold for our na­tion.

“Be­fore an­swer­ing Aus­tralia’s call, many of you prob­a­bly had never trav­elled out of the coun­try, maybe not your state.

“You were sent to Viet­nam, a place some­where on the other side of the world and most trou­bling, you were sent for a rea­son that many Aus­tralians ques­tioned.

“But you an­swered the call to serve and I thank you, even if many peo­ple were un­grate­ful.

“Most of you de­served much bet­ter when you came home, a lot bet­ter.

“There were no pa­rades. In­stead of a thank you were not treated like the heroes you are, but you per­se­vered.

“You have earned our re­spect and our grat­i­tude, so we say ‘thank you and wel­come home’.”

Roseanne Shalders, wife of de­ceased Viet­nam Vet­eran Peter Shalders and daugh­ter Kel­lie Whin­ray with WW2 Vet­eran Peter Wal­lis on be­half of his wife Gla­dys son Viet­nam Vet­eran Chris Leihy.

Guest Speaker Stan Clarke OAM.

Lo­cal Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy with Long Tan Vet­er­ans.

Guest speaker RSL Sub-Branch Pres­i­dent Ian Sum­mers.

Com­mu­ni­ties mem­bers at the cer­e­mony held at the RSL Club Memo­rial Wall at ClubMul­wala.

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