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.
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