Special tribute to Vietnam vets
COMMUNITIES across the region will gather to commemorate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country during services for Vietnam Veterans Day this Sunday.
Originally known as Long Tan Day, veterans remembered the courageous efforts of the men of D Company, 6RAR who fought in the battle of Long Tan on August 18 in 1966.
The company of 108 Australian and New Zealand troops encountered a force of more than 2000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong in a rubber plantation near Long Tan.
The Australians fought bravely to defeat the force with 18 killed in action and 24 others wounded.
However, the day has grown in significance to honour the sacrifices and bravery of service men and women who served throughout the Vietnam War, and is known today as Vietnam Veterans Day.
Vietnam Veterans Day 2013 will mark 51 years since the Australian military became involved in the war in Vietnam.
About 60,000 Australians served in the Vietnam War from June 1962 to 1973.
Vietnam Veterans Day services across the Lockyer and Brisbane Valleys
At 4.45pm all veterans, supporters, Air Force Cadets, and pipe band assemble at the Gatton RSL car park. At 5pm the group will march to the Weeping Mother Memorial at Littleton Park via railway crossing. At 5pm the Catafalque party - Army Cadets will also 'Take Post' at memorial with Girl guides in position and flags at half mast. At 5.10pm after the arrival of the veterans the service will commence.
Following the ceremony the veterans will march back to the RSL.
Ceremony will be held 4.45pm at the Lowood RSL Sub Branch. Following the ceremony a special presentation will see a courtesy bus presented to the Lowood RSL Sub Branch.
A ceremony will be held at the Laidley Cenotaph from 4.30pm to 4.50pm. Following the ceremony meals will be served at the Laidley Cultural Centre.
A service will be held 5pm at the Helidon Catholic Cemetery on Dip Rd. The service will be held at the grave of Francis Topp who was killed in the battle of Long tan.
March from the Esk information centre to the cenotaph taking salute for a service at 5pm.
A 7-foot long replica of the Long Tan Cross has been built by members and will be on display during and after the service.