- Tuesday 18 August 2015
Mayor Mark Jamieson laid a wreath on behalf of the Sunshine Coast community at today’s Vietnam Veterans Day commemorations at Cotton Tree.
The service at the Maroochydore RSL cenotaph was attended by more than 100 Vietnam Vets and included an official welcome from the president of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Sunshine Coast Sub-Branch, Ron Strong, as well as a speech from Squadron Leader Phil Andrews (Rtd).
August 18 was originally the day that commemorated the Battle of Long Tan in 1966, and has since been adopted by all veterans.
The battle of Long Tan was the largest single unit battle fought in Vietnam by Australian troops.
It began on the afternoon of August 18 and was the first major conflict involving Australian troops in Vietnam.
Mayor Jamieson said it was important to remember and acknowledge the sacrifices and contribution made by our young men and women in a conflict that spanned a 10-year period - the longest war in which Australians participated.
“We think of our veterans who are here with us and those who passed in service of their country,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“We also acknowledge the support of their families and friends and it’s really pleasing to see so many of them here today to be part of this commemoration.”
Council contributed to the staging of the commemorative service and also continues to support our Vietnam Vets via the Drop In Centre located upstairs at the Maroochydore Library precinct at Cotton Tree.
During the last 10 years of its operation, the Drop In Centre has welcomed more than 46,000 visitors.