Australia stopped and remembered the end of a chapter in its military history today, Friday, August 18, marking half-a-century since the nation’s troops withdrew from the Vietnam War.

The significant anniversary was honoured around Logan with commemoration ceremonies at Diggers Services Club, Beenleigh RSL and Greenbank RSL.

Vietnam Veterans' Day
Vietnam Veterans’ Day

The ceremonies were a tribute to the 525 brave Australians who died during the Vietnam War, as well as all who served.

At the Logan Central service, Warwick Chettle Vietnam Veteran 85 Transport Platoon Royal Australian Army Service Corp, read a poem titled ‘Mates’. The poem, written by Rod Kenane, A Company Vietnam 1st Tour 5 RAR, is all about mateship and that no Digger was alone in the war as they always had a mate.

Vietnam Veterans' Day
Vietnam Veterans’ Day

Following was a touching commemorative address by Vietnam Veteran Michael Tucker, 6 RAR, which told of some very terrible times and a few good ones.

When the bag pipes started playing, by Vietnam Veteran Doug Thoresen 4RAR, it was time for the laying of wreaths.

In attendance to lay wreaths was Mayor Darren Power, councillors Miriam Stemp, Mindy Russell and Teresa Lane and state MP’s Cameron Dick and Mick de Brenni, along with other dignitaries.  

Silence fell as the ODE of Remembrance was said, followed by The Last Post and the Rouse.

Vietnam Veterans' Day
Vietnam Veterans’ Day

John Paul College band students played the Australian National Anthem before the service was done and the Diggers and guests went in for morning tea.

They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.

We will remember them
Lest we forget

Vietnam Veterans' Day
Vietnam Veterans’ Day
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