Remembering the fallen on Vietnam Veterans Day

Lest we forget: Greg Gadd, Greg Cavanagh, Ken Meredith,George Payne,Kevin Ward, Ray Knapp, David Harding and Mal Butler at the cenotaph in Wauchope on MondayA GROUP of Vietnam Veterans, held a small but moving ceremony at the Wauchope Cenotaph on Monday August 18 to mark Vietnam Veterans Day.

It was 48 years ago, that the men of Delta Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment withheld an enemy attack in a rubber plantation at Long Tan in Vietnam.

Australian would lose 18 men in battle that day; a defining battle in Australia’s 10 year engagement in Vietnam. A further five hundred and three Australian soldiers would die in Vietnam.

The anniversary is also referred to as Long Tan Day.

Lead by veteran Ray Knapp, the ceremony in Wauchope acknowledged those men who served their nation in the Vietnam War.

Three wreaths were laid at the foot of the cenotaph from the Wauchope RSL, Wauchope RSL Sub branch and Port Macquarie Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association of Australia (NSW branch) Inc.

“We wanted a service in Wauchope for those that are still here,” said Mr Knapp.

“We are really hoping for a much bigger turn out next year when the centenary is on”.A home parade for Vietnam Veterans in 1987 saw the genesis for the Memorial in Canberra that serves as a reminder of the service and sacrifice of the almost 60,000 Australians who served in the Vietnam War.

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