Noel Mallyon speaks at the Vietnam Veteran Day service.
Noel Mallyon speaks at the Vietnam Veteran Day service.

Special day for veterans

SOLDIERS who served and died in the Vietnam War were remembered in a service last Thursday evening on Vietnam Veteran’s Day.

Ex-servicemen and women attended the service, held at the Emerald Cenotaph, with many laying wreaths in memory of those who died.

Dick Walker played the Last Post on the bugle and Anglican Bishop Alf Chipman conducted the service with the president of the Emerald RSL Noel Mallyon speaking about the significance of the day.

“It is 45 years since the battle of Long Tan, it (Vietnam War) was in a different type of era as other conflicts but it is still something we have to remember and keep it in perspective,” Mr Mallyon said.

“It was a very special thing, we have to keep it remembered and keep it going.”

Mr Mallyon said though numbers were down this year due to many attending other Vietnam reunions, he was still impressed with the turnout.


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