Brisbane remembers 50th anniversary of Vietnam War

Vietnam veterans have been honoured in a service to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

Veterans marched from Brisbane’s Treasury Casino to ANZAC Square yesterday ahead of the memorial service for their fallen comrades. The march was led by the National Servicemen’s Memorial Pipes and Drums, with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam taking up the rear.

Queensland Vietnam Veterans’ Association president John Smith said it was an emotional day for those involved.

“It is the one day of the year where Vietnam veterans can pause to remember their mates from Vietnam who paid the supreme sacrifice,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s important for some people because it’s also the Battle of Long Tan Day where Dover Company 6RAR fought that very significant battle.”

Veterans, their families, friends and the public attended the service in memory of the 80,000 Australians who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975. Of those Australians who served, 521 were killed and a further 3000 wounded.

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