Marking a war’s end in Coffs Harbour

It is 50 years since the Vietnam War ended. This souvenir has been released to commemorate its end.

A CEREMONY marking the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War will be broadcast nationally on August 18.

On January 11, 1973, the Governor General Sir Paul Hasluck signed the documents that ended Australia’s participation in the Vietnam War.

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This year, being the 50th anniversary of the ending of that war, there will be a publicly-televised broadcast of the National Commemoration Service marking this occasion at the Vietnam Forces War Memorial in ANZAC Parade, Canberra.

It has been set to coincide with Vietnam Veterans Day, marked August 18 each year.

The Pre-Service programme will commence at 10am, and be followed by the Official Service at 10.30am.

The Sawtell RSL Sub Branch invites all veterans and any interested member of the public to view the televised service at the Sawtell RSL Club, on Friday August 18 this year, commencing from 10am.

Following the viewing, the Sawtell RSL Sub Branch members will then move across to the Lyle Rose RSL Memorial Park to conduct a wreath-laying service for all who wish to lay a wreath on the day.

After the wreath-laying service, all attendees will be invited back to the RSL Club for light finger food and refreshment.

This activity will replace the traditional service normally performed later in the day.

For catering purposes, anyone who wants to attend is asked to phone the Sawtell RSL Club on 9020 6653 1577 and advise numbers.

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