Vietnam veterans invited to relive social gatherings

IT’S been 26 years since south-west Vietnam War veterans celebrated their camaraderie at annual cabarets in the former Warrnambool town hall.

Now there’s a fresh invitation for them to catch up again at a free meal hosted by Warrnambool RSL sub-branch.

Sub-branch president John Miles estimates there are about 60 veterans living in the region which extends from Camperdown to Portland and north to Casterton and Balmoral.

“It’s well overdue, so we decided to put on a social  event on Vietnam Veteran’s Day which marks the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan,” said Mr Miles, who served 11 months in the war zone.

“We’ve sent out invitations to the ones we know of, but there would be others out there who we would love to have along.

“I’m keen to get local region veterans and their partners together again and see if we can make it an annual gathering again.”

The social event will be held on August 18 at the RSL clubrooms from 7pm  following the annual Vietnam Veterans Day memorial service at 6pm.

During the dinner Mr Miles will outline plans for a $3.5 million expansion of the sub-branch which will include a veterans’ support centre.

Invitation responses should be sent to Mr Miles by August 11 on 0408 569 798.

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