PAYING HIS RESPECTS: Vietnam veteran Eddie Marshall lays a wreath in memory of those lost.
PAYING HIS RESPECTS: Vietnam veteran Eddie Marshall lays a wreath in memory of those lost. Michael Cormack

Fallen saluted at city service

VETERANS, councillors, police officers and more turned out at the Leslie Park Cenotaph to support Vietnam Veterans Day yesterday.

The day is held annually on August 18, although ceremonies are often held on the closest Sunday to August 18.

Attendees braved strong, chilly winds to pay their respects to those who fought for their country.

"There is not a day that goes by where I don't think about the two guys who were both killed when I was wounded," Vietnam veteran and Warwick RSL Sub-Branch president John Skinner said.

"I can't do anything to bring those guys back but I can show my respect for them by attending services such as this one today."

Mr Skinner said the Vietnam veterans were particularly close due to their treatment when they returned home.

"Vietnam veterans were treated very badly when they came home," he said.

"I think that drew them closer together.

"Through that they learnt to support each other and have still got that bond today.

"As an example of how we were treated, when my battalion came home in the 1970s we were marching past the Sydney Town Hall and people were trying to throw paint on us."

Ex-serviceman Eddie Marshall, who was involved in the conflict through the Royal Australian Air Force, said memories of the battles were still fresh in his mind.

"You certainly still remember things from it," Mr Marshall said.

"On the first day I was there, a guy lost his life."

Mr Marshall said he was pleased to see the turnout, despite the weather.

"It's been quite a good day considering the weather," he said.

"It's great to see people who fought in other battles here supporting the Vietnam veterans today."



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