Memories set in stone
TED Barnes was proud to attend a service at Point Danger yesterday where almost 100 people gathered to witness the unveiling of a memorial to National Servicemen.
Mr Barnes was an original member of the Gold Coast South - Twin Towns Branch of the National Servicemen's Association of Australia, which was convened in 2002.
The former national serviceman served for five years, but was too old to serve in Vietnam when servicemen were called up for duty.
“Many of my friends were called up to duty for Vietnam, and this is a memorial for those boys,” Mr Barnes said.
President of the Gold Coast South - Twin Towns Branch Don Beck opened the ceremony and said it was a very important day for the association.
“The Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales are such beautiful places to live, and so many returned servicemen have settled here from all over Australia,” Mr Beck said.
“It is a great memorial for all servicemen called up to duty, especially for the early ones from 1951 to 1959 who were called up for compulsory national service.”
Brigadier Dick Flint AM unveiled the memorial.