Recognising our Vietnam Veterans
Our Vietnam Veterans were acknowledged and remembered today in a moving observance service at Repat.
Acting Federal Opposition leader Richard Marles and Member for Jagajaga Kate Thwaites joined more than 300 people in attendance to recognise the sacrifice and duty of our veterans, and the 53rd Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, the 51st Anniversary of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, and the 50th Anniversary of Binh Ba.
Chief Information and Services Officer, Ray Van Kuyk, opened proceedings and reflected on his own military career and that of his son who was still serving.
He said while society in general didn't understand how those returning from war felt, the hospital offered tremendous care and he was proud of the staff.
Vietnam Veterans Association Australia President, Bob Elworthy, echoed Mr Van Kuyk's sentiments.
"Let no one be mistaken," he said.
"If a veteran needs help, this is the place for help.
"This is the greatest facility to look after veterans in the nation."
After the Last Post was played, a $10,000 bequest to Ward 17 was donated by the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion Association, followed by the unveiling of a plaque for the ward.
Ms Thwaites and Mr Marles laid wreaths after the service and took a tour of the facility with CEO Sue Shilbury.
They commended Repat and said it was an important facility for the community.