On Monday 18 August, Wynnum State High School students and teachers attended the Vietnam Veterans’ Day observance at the National Service Memorial at Darling Point. Along with the Manly State School Fife and Drum Band, the Moreton Bay Boys’ Choir, the 121 ACU Wynnum-Manly Army Cadets, Vietnam War veterans and Vietnam community members, the students paid their respects to the soldiers who fought in one of Australia’s longest wars.
August 18 a significant day for Vietnam veterans as not only is it Vietnam Veterans’ Day, it also marks the anniversary of Australia’s most significant campaign in Vietnam - the Battle of Long Tan. The ceremony was planned to begin at 3:15 pm, the time the first shot was fired as the soldiers began their assault in the battle. Touching tributes were given to those who contributed to fighting this important war in Australia’s history.
The Moreton Bay Boys’ Choir presented two musical numbers, Abide with Me and Letters from War which added a beautiful but solemn touch to the ceremony. The ceremony also acknowledged the work of the local army cadet unit. The Last Post was played by Matthew Eisenmenger after the wreaths were laid. Our student representatives were appreciative that they had been given the opportunity to attend the ceremony which acknowledged the brave efforts of Australian soldiers and remembered those who did not return home.