Veterans Day to honour those who made sacrifice
THIS Sunday is a day of remembering our Vietnam Veterans for the Biloela community.
Despite not as prominently attended as Anzac or Remembrance Day, Biloela RSL sub-branch President John Rathjen said Vietnam Veterans Day held great meaning to the armed services.
"For some time the Vietnam veterans didn't have much of a homecoming,” Mr Rathjen said.
"A lot of people went to Vietnam and a lot of people died there.
"That's the whole of purpose of Vietnam Veterans Day.”
The RSL make a point of involving and educating the local children about the history and sacrifice that Australians made.
"Part of our brief is to keep the young ones informed of what Australians have done in warfare over a long period of time,” Mr Rathjen said.
"The last couple of years we've had very good attendance from our local Scouts group.
"We don't get a lot of people to the Vietnam Vet's Day normally but like with Anzac Day the further you get away from the event, people become more aware of it.”
Mr Rathjen laid out the proceedings of the service.
"The cenotaph will be dressed at 7am Sunday with the flags to go on,” Mr Rathjen said.
"I've asked our RSL members to be there around 2.30pm.
"The service will start with a welcome and I normally do the Vietnam Veterans Day address.
"At the end of my address I hand over to my RSL members who will take over the service and ask people to stand for the minute's silence and the last post.
"After the 10-15 minute service everyone is invited over to the Anzac Club for afternoon tea,” Mr Rathjen said.
The service starts at 3.20pm, from the Anzac Memorial park in Biloela.