Monday 18 August 2014, the 48th (our 10th) commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan was held under beautiful blue skies and warm weather with 200 or so veterans, their families and friends attending our morning service.
It was the first service without our good mate Peter (Davey) Crockett who had passed away only weeks earlier. Dave was the inspiration and driving force behind the creation of our memorial. His family attended and no doubt Davey was watching on from above.
Father John Darbyshire conducted a reading and prayer while former Squadron Leader Kevin Sharpley (Biggles) of 9 Squadron RAAF gave an insightful presentation as the guest speaker. He finished with a quote that the Army slept under the stars, the Navy navigated by the stars and the RAAF slept in 5 star accomodation!
Many former serviceman joined representatives from the RSL, DVA, Legacy, South Tweed Sports and Twin Town Services Club in laying wreaths during the ceremony.
Others to lay wreaths included Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot and State Member for Tweed Geoff Provest. St Joseph’s Primary School Teacher Debbie Tietzel and her wonderful children’s choir sang ‘I still call Australia home’ and ‘Advance Australia Fair’.
You can view photos from this 2014 Vietnam Veterans Day service and if you would like a copy to email (low resolution) or print (high resolution) please EMAIL your request HERE If your wondering how a Bowls/Sports Club and the Vietnam Veterans Day arose you can read the blog ‘Remembering them'(written in 2011) that details how it came to that inaugural event in 2005.