The long road from Long Tan
A MOVING service to honour Vietnam veterans was held yesterday to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan as part of Vietnam Veterans Day at the recently completed South Tweed Sports Vietnam Veterans Garden.
An estimated crowd of 100 attended the inaugural service at the garden which was officially opened by Queensland state RSL president Bill Mason.
"These memorials are places where people can come and reflect and use the deeds of the past as a warning to the present and a guide for the future," Mr Mason said.
"In this uncertain world we live in it is very important."
Vietnam veteran and organiser of the commemorative ceremony Dave Crockett said he was pleased with the turnout of veterans and the community.
"It's great, just magic to see people come out for this special day," Mr Crockett said.
"The club have been an enormous support in providing this special place for Vietnam veterans that will be everlasting."
Local Vietnam veterans agreed that it was a fantastic achievement to have a memorial specifically for them.
"It's great to have a special place ? it has brought a lot of people together again," veteran Kerry Stone said.
"The RSL won't do anything for us, they've just lost the plot," veteran Ray Appo said.
"Many of us no longer even go to the RSLs."
South Tweed Sports CEO David Rhodes said the numbers at the ceremony had exceeded expectations.
"It was a great to see the number of veterans and the community who turned out for the event," Mr Rhodes said.
"And I'm certain it will grow bigger each year."