In memory of Vietnam
VIETNAM Veteran's Day might not be as widely known as Anzac Day but it still marks an important part of the history of Australian servicemen and women.
The RSL Pottsville & District Sub-Branch will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on Vietnam Veterans Day, on August 18, at the Pottsville Beach Cenotaph at Anzac Park.
Mark Radisich, honorary secretary of RSL Pottsville & District Sub-Branch, said it was important the community takes part in the event because of its significance in our history as a nation.
"We commemorate Vietnam Veteran's Day for the same reasons as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, we remember the sacrifice of our vets and servicemen and women,” Mr Radisich said.
Mr Radisich said Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War was the longest in our history and should be remembered.
"Australia sent more than 50,000 servicemen and women to fight in the Vietnam War and over 500 giving their lives which makes it a very good reason to commemorate.”
"It's simple, the purpose is to honour those who fought and died, and for those who are still suffering because they gave their health and well-being in service to our nation and that's why we do it.”
Mr Radisich is encouraging local veterans, including current and former defence personnel, to become members of the local RSL, saying it was an important way to stay connected with people of shared experiences.
"The whole point in having an RSL is that ex-servicemen and women can provide comradeship and mutual support to each other as they have a shared experience which forms a bond.”
The service will take place at Pottsville Beach Cenotaph, Tweed Coast Rd, from 6pm on August 18. All are welcome to attend.