Vietnam War service to be saluted across Port Stephens on Sunday, August 18

SERVICE SALUTED: Paul Mulvay, representing the Military Brotherhood of the Military Motorcycle Club, at a past Medowie Vietnam Veterans Day service.
SERVICE SALUTED: Paul Mulvay, representing the Military Brotherhood of the Military Motorcycle Club, at a past Medowie Vietnam Veterans Day service.

RSL sub-branches in Karuah, Nelson Bay and Medowie will host commemorative services on Sunday to mark Vietnam Veterans Day.

Ex-servicemen, their families and the public are invited to attend the services.

Karuah RSL Sub-Branch, which alternates hosting a Vietnam Veterans Day service with Tea Gardens RSL Sub-Branch each year, will host a service in Memorial Park, Karuah from 11am on August 18.

Attendance numbers will be down this year, as Tea Gardens members are heading north to celebrate Nabiac RSL Sub-Branch's 75th anniversary. However, sub-branch secretary Barrie French said he is hoping to see most of Karuah's Vietnam War veterans in attendance.

"Vietnam was the next major conflict Australia was involved with after WWII," Mr French said. "A lot of the blokes who went to Vietnam are in their 70's and 80's. It's important to recognise these blokes."

Medowie's service will be held in Lions Park on the corner of Medowie and Ferodale roads starting 10.30am. All are welcome to join the sub-branch at the Bull N Bush Hotel after the service.

The Nelson Bay service will be held in Apex Park from 11am. Students from Tomaree High School will make the address and recite the ode. Afterwards, a light lunch will be offered at Nelson Bay Diggers.

Nelson Bay RSL Sub-Branch secretary Russell Durrant said he was hopeful that attendance numbers were strong being that the service was on a Sunday.

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