Veterans and residents gather in Tongala to commemorate Long Tan Day.GEORDIE COWAN August 20, 2014 3:47am
About 150 people gathered to commemorate Long Tan Day (Australia’s bloodiest battle in the Vietnam war) at the Tongala RSL hall on Monday.
Member for Murray Sharman Stone unveiled an honour board at the service — the first of its kind at Tongala — which listed Tongala and district residents who had served during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Tongala RSL president Greg Jones was extremely pleased with the strong turnout at the service.
‘‘It’s great and it’s great that the school kids got involved,’’ he said of the students from Tongala and St Patrick’s primary schools attending.
‘‘We involve them with everything.’’
Dr Stone and Echuca and District Vietnam Veterans president Ken Jones talked about the Vietnam War and how, as it was the first major conflict beamed live into loungerooms every night, it fuelled the anti-war movement.
The Echuca president said he had been pleased with the response to his group’s fundraising efforts in the past week.
‘‘It was absolutely sensational,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s best we’ve ever done on our badge selling week.
‘‘We thank the local people for their support.
‘‘We totally appreciate it and it all goes to a good cause.’’
More than $5000 was raised during the week.
Fire pods offer firefighters the chance to tackle realistic situations.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club has hosted the first ever ACA Masters contest at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
There was a good turnout for Wednesday’s Remembrance Day service in Tatura, which saw a number of wreaths laid at the War Memorial, and the presentation to Brad Corken, of the Tatura RSL Spirit Award 2015, by president Robert Mathieson.
ECHUCA has a new crossfit gym.
A GROUP of Rochester Secondary College students visited Bendigo last week to donate blood for the first time.
Bowls Club hosts 49th Victorian Country Masters Pairs
The Oriential Weatherloach has infested the Goulburn River.
The largest ever Strawberry Fields crowd turned out to enjoy the event on the Murray River at Tocumwal at the weekend.
AFTER the hottest October in Victoria since records began in the 1850s, it will come as little surprise that rainfall across the district was unusually low.
The lead up to the Christmas period has seen a group Moira Foodshare volunteers providing necessary food for those in need, one box at a time.
‘Peppinella’ development bigger than first planned
Seven bridges along the Goulburn Valley Highway will be strengthened to allow larger, high productivity vehicles to use them.
Both junior sides are in strong positions after day one of their games.
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