Attending Tuesday’s service for Vietnam and Korean War veterans in Bega are (from left) Allen Collins, Margaret Britten, Pastor Ross Taylor, Ken Britten, Tom Blake and Dave and Chris Richard-Preston. ON A very cold morning in Bega, a small group gathered to hold a memorial service to honour those who served in the Vietnam and Korean Wars.
The Bega RSL sub-branch conducted the service at the Bega War Memorial Gates on Tuesday, August 18, and those attending paid their respects to all who had served in the wars.
Two Korean War veterans, Ken Britten and Bega RSL president Tom Blake, said Australians should never have participated in the Vietnam War.
“There would never have been a Vietnam [War] if they had listened to us when we came back from Korea,” Mr Blake said.
He said those attending the service were there to remember the people who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“[The people] who went forward without question, accepted gladly and discharged fully their responsibilities during the war, and today we think of these men who died so that the lights of freedom and humanity might continue to shine,” Mr Blake said.
Larger services for the wars were held in Canberra and Sydney.
The memorial day was held on the same date as the Battle of Long Tan in the Vietnam War, an episode in the conflict that resulted in a decisive victory for the Australian forces.
“As we go through the years and Long Tan gets further away, I think this day will become the next Anzac Day,” Bega RSL vice-president Allen Collins said.
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