ARMY and airforce cadets participated in the annual Vietnam Veterans Day service at Club Taree.
More than 80 people watched the 26 army cadets from the 28th army cadet unit and 15 air cadets from 317 Squadron perform ceremonial duties at the service on Sunday, August 18 from 1pm.
Vietnam veteran Peter Clapson delivered the commemoration speech and acknowledged 'the gallantry and perseverance of all who served, suffered and died during the Vietnam War and its aftermath'.
"There were around 60,000 Australians who served in Vietnam from 1962 starting with Colonel Ted Serong who stepped onto the tarmac at Saigon Airport as Australia's first military advisor," Mr Clapson said.
"Australia's involvement in the Vietnam campaign was lifted in 1965 with the deployment of a full battalion, 1RAR and was committed until withdrawal in 1973. During that period there were 2430 Australian casualties."
Mr Clapson said Australian's in Vietnam inherited from our military forebears the ANZAC legend and a reputation for larrikinism as do the serving members of the defence force today. They added to it an egalitarian, can do, baby boomer attitude and an unmatched skill in jungle warfare."
The day was also the 47th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and the 45th anniversary of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, which comprised the largest and longest battle fought by Australian's in Vietnam.
Taree RSL sub-branch president, Bob Coombes and Club Taree president, Carl Guy laid wreaths before the memorial. Cr David West represented Greater Taree City Council at the service.