Leeton marks Vietnam Veterans Day with small service in 2017

LEETON may be a long way from Vietnam, but the sacrifices made during that war remain in the hearts of many. 

Vietnam Veterans Day was held on August 18 as it is every year, with a small group gathering at the Leeton Vietnam War memorial to commemorate and remember. 

The service began with Leeton RSL Sub-branch president John Power welcoming the participants, with returned veteran Ian Page laying a wreath.

Reverend Richard Keith led the group in prayer and Mr Power can an address on the Battle of Long Tan. 

“We all know there is a lot more to Vietnam than Long Tan, but at least this day gives us a chance to reflect on all that happened to us during our quite different tours of duty,” Mr Power said.

“The general public should never forget the defence force is a tool of government of the day and we were there to carry out their wishes.

“We should hold our heads high for doing our duty in a manner that would make our forefathers proud. 

“Let us use this day to give a thought for those who never came home, for their families and loved ones and let’s not forget those who have died since and many more who are still suffering.”

The Last Post was sounded and all were invited to attend a dinner at the Leeton Soldiers Club for a catch up and time to share memories of the past. 

Vietnam Veterans Day was formally known as Long Tan Day. 

Leeton had various residents fight in the Vietnam War and residents have been urged not to forget what it was like for them during those days and the ones that followed.