ALL veterans, service personnel and family are welcome to morning tea on the third Saturday of the month.
Next one is at The Coffee Tree at 10am on August 15.
This date marks the 75th anniversary of the surrender of Japan in 1945, ending WWII, when rejoicing broke out spontaneously in the streets after our Prime Minister announced, "peace: the war is over".
Listen to Leeton's main street speaker on this morning.
This day is now known as Victory in the Pacific Day.
At this time, The Murrumbidgee Irrigator reported:
"In the streets of Leeton the populace was carried away by the first overwhelming surge of excitement at the advent of an epoch marking the occasion in their own individual lives as well as those of the Empire and the whole world, gave vent to unrestrained demonstrations of joy and exuberance.
A day later, a wonderful spectacle, never before seen in the history of Leeton where such a mighty number of people gathered in town to cheer the procession of marchers, from seasoned veterans of WWI - down to tiny tots of Junior Red Cross and Scout Cubs.
Their deportment was admired as they swung along to the lilting strains of the music supplied by Leeton District Band, the roll of kettle drums, and the skirl of bagpipes.
Returned soldiers headed by recently returned prisoners of war, airmen home on leave and a few visiting British sailors, all in uniform.
Following on included the Yanco Garrison Force with fixed bayonets glistening the sunlight, Mr AE Bowmaker led the Volunteer Deployment Corp with rifles at the slope, YAHS Cadet Corps, AWU - Food Front, Air Training Corp, Volunteer Aid Detachment, National Emergency Service, Yanco Women Voluntary Services, school children, decorated vehicles, etc.
A public holiday was declared, victory gala sports and football day, also dances and the victory agriculture show."
The Leeton RSL Sub-branch and auxiliary will also mark Vietnam Veterans Day on August 18 with a short service at 5.30pm.