Episode 2570 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about how the Australians are honoring their fallen Vietnam Veterans at Lismore, NSW. The featured story appeared in the Lismore City News and was titled; Australian Veterans commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives on duty in the Vietnam War. It was submitted by Jon Fleetwood.
Fleetwood reported that: It has been 50 years since Australia ended its involvement in the Vietnam War and to commemorate the lives of veterans who died there while on duty, Australians around the country are asked to pause and remember them on Thursday, August 3.
A total of 523 soldiers lives were lost on duty in Vietnam and in the Richmond-Tweed there are seven graves: one in Tweed, Mullumbimby and Ballina respectively, and four in Lismore.
A service will be held at 10:30am at the Lismore Memorial Gardens, followed by a walk to the grave sites of the soldiers who are buried there.
Chaplin of the ex-service community Richmond-Tweed regional area, Graeme Davis, says, “It’s to show reverence, honor and appreciation for the lives that were lost in service of Australia. It’s an open invitation for the Lismore community to pay their respects.”
The Australians were a loyal and capable ally for the Americans in the Vietnam War. 60,000 Australians served in the War. 523 of those did not come home. They paid the ultimate price for standing up for what was right.
All Australians are encouraged to remember all their Vietnam Vets on August 18 , Vietnam Veterans Day which will be held to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
There will be a national service at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial in Canberra on August 18, from 10am.
Listen to episode 2570 and discover more about how the Australians are honoring their fallen Vietnam Veterans at Lismore, NSW.