MEMORIES: The theme of this years Kingaroy Veteran Day service is 'A life lost through war'. The Kingaroy RSL Veteran Day service will begin at 10.30am.
MEMORIES: The theme of this years Kingaroy Veteran Day service is 'A life lost through war'. The Kingaroy RSL Veteran Day service will begin at 10.30am. Matt Collins

Kingaroy Veteran Day: A life lost through war

THIS Sunday is Veteran Day, and the Kingaroy RSL are hosting a service to commemorate the brave soldiers who fought for our country.

Almost 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam, including ground troops, air force, and all navy personnel.

521 Australians died as a result of the war, and over 3000 were wounded.

The theme of this years Kingaroy Veteran Day service is 'A life lost through war'.

The Kingaroy RSL Veteran Day service will begin at 10.30am.

Vietnam Veteran and Kingaroy RSL president, Mr Don Davey, will be opening the service.

Following a prayer, guest speaker Judith Dixon (nee Magnuessen) will then address the service.

Mrs Dixon is the sister of the late Long Tan veteran Barry Magnussen who was awarded the Medal of Gallantry in the Battle of Long Tan.

Barry Magnussen was born in Brisbane on March 15, 1945 and was conscripted into the Australian Army on June 8, 1966 as part of the 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam.

Barry was posthumously awarded the Cross of Gallantly 'for acts of gallantry in hazardous circumstances as member of 4 Section, 11 Platoon, D Company, 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, during the Battle of Long Tan, Phuoc Tuy Province, Vietnam on August 18, 1966'.

He is now at peace and rests in the Wondai Cemetery. Lest we forget.

Mrs Dixon's speech will then be followed by a wreath laying, the Ode, the Last Post, a minutes silence, a benediction, and a vote of thanks.

The service will end with tea and coffee in the RSL ANZAC Room. Everyone is welcome.

South Burnett

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