Councillor Keith Campbell and Don Davey from Kingaroy RSL were there to acknowledge the role of Vietnam veterans. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times
Councillor Keith Campbell and Don Davey from Kingaroy RSL were there to acknowledge the role of Vietnam veterans. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times Barclay White

Vietnam veterans remember past service

THE public embrace and recognition of Vietnam veterans at Monday's services were a world away from how they were treated when they first came home.

Across the South Burnett, veterans who served in the Vietnam War paused to remember their time and those that didn't make it home.

At Kingaroy War Memorial, veteran Don Davey said it was one of the deadliest days for Australian servicemen.

"This is... when the Battle of Long Tan started, and it started at dusk, so we decided to have our service at dusk," Mr Davey said.

About 30 former servicemen and their family members came to the ceremony.

Deputy Mayor Keith Campbell said it was important to make up for past wrongs and properly acknowledge the role of Vietnam veterans.

"I know in the past (they) have been less than well treated," Cr Campbell said in his speech.

"But in recent years you have been given better recognition, and as regular citizens we must never forget their pain and suffering... or that of their families."

Veteran and first time attendee Dave Kissick was heartened by the changing way Vietnam veterans were being acknowledged by the community.

"When we got back we just kept a low profile. It's so different now."

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