Servicemen gather to mark Vietnam Veterans Day 2020

Vietnam Veterans Day on August 18 was marked by local veterans with a commemorative service at the Mandurah War Memorial.

Around 200 people attended and fortunately the weather was fine.

Master of ceremonies for the service was Bart Mavrick, music was provided by Lionel Morris and prayers were said by Reverend David Oxley.

The keynote address was given by local resident Ian Healy, Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Royal New Zealand infantry.

Hien Tran, former Republic of South Vietnam Air Force officer, made an impassioned speech about how much he loves living in Australia and thanking Australian Vietnam Veterans for their service in South Vietnam.

The flag party: Gary Van Arkel member MMV&VG and Mandurah RSL, Nigel Skene member Dawesville RSL, Mick OHalloran member MMV&VG and Mandurah RSL,
John Brain member Dawesville RSL and former US Navy serviceman and Colin Gibson member MMV&VG and Dawesville RSL. Photo: Supplied.

The flag party: Gary Van Arkel member MMV&VG and Mandurah RSL, Nigel Skene member Dawesville RSL, Mick OHalloran member MMV&VG and Mandurah RSL, John Brain member Dawesville RSL and former US Navy serviceman and Colin Gibson member MMV&VG and Dawesville RSL. Photo: Supplied.

The emotive sound of the bagpipes playing during the wreath laying always brings a tear to the eye.

Bagpipes were played by Garth Waddell, former Irish Guardsman.

At the conclusion of the service veterans and friends assembled at the Mandurah RSL for refreshments and camaraderie.