HONOURED: Chas Kemp and Bert Stevens at the Nanango RSL Afghanistan memorial service.
HONOURED: Chas Kemp and Bert Stevens at the Nanango RSL Afghanistan memorial service. Tobi Loftus

Afghanistan heroes honoured in Nanango service

NANANGO residents gathered for a service to remember Afghanistan war veterans on Sunday.

Nanango RSL sub-branch president Bert Stevens said a few years ago the Federal Government declared March 20 as Afghanistan day.

"Last year our sub-branch decided to do something about it,” he said.

"We were the first sub branch in Queensland to actually do a memorial service for it.

"You shouldn't forget all conflicts and all people who died for this country.”

Mr Stevens said one Afghanistan veteran attended the service.

"We're going to do it again next year,” he said.

"Hopefully going into the future more people will attend.”

Nanango RSL sub-branch treasurer Chas Kemp said the service was so the region's Afghanistan veterans would not feel forgotten by the RSL.

"It goes back to Vietnam,” Mr Kemp said.

"Viet vets were in limbo for a long time.

"A lot of the time they were regarded as criminals just for being there.

"So this is to show the young guys that the RSL is behind them and they aren't forgotten. We don't want them to be in limbo.”

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