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Rockingham to host services for Vietnam Veteran’s Day

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Allan West at the Port Kennedy RSL Memorial Wall with the new board to be dedicated on August 18 in recognition of local veterans for their Vietnam service.
Camera IconAllan West at the Port Kennedy RSL Memorial Wall with the new board to be dedicated on August 18 in recognition of local veterans for their Vietnam service.

An honour board dedicated to veterans who fought in the Vietnam War will be unveiled on Saturday as part of Port Kennedy RSL’s Vietnam Veteran’s Day service.

Port Kennedy man Allan West said the names of about 30 Vietnam veterans were on the board so far, including several navy personnel.

The honour board has been in the works for several years and Mr West encouraged relatives of deceased veterans as well as military personnel to contact the RSL.

“This is about giving recognition to service personnel who lived in the Rockingham council area, including Kwinana and Baldivis at the time,” he said. “This has been a long time in the making.”

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A dedication of the honour board will be held at the Port Kennedy RSL, 27 Paxton Way in Port Kennedy with a ceremony starting at 10.45am.

The Safety Bay Ex-Services and Community Club Inc will also host Vietnam Veterans Day Commemorations at the Vietnam Veterans Rock (adjacent to the Rockingham cenotaph) on the corner of Kent Street and Flinders Lane.

The service starts at 11am with Capt. Brian Delamont, commanding officer of HMAS Stirling, as the guest speaker. After the commemorative service, meals and refreshments will be available at Breakers Bar, Rockingham Hotel.

The Totally and Partially Disabled Veterans of WA will be hosting a service at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Port Kennedy from 11am. Attendees are asked to arrive before this time. There will be a barbecue lunch and live band at the TPDVWA club at 1677 Old Mandurah Road afterwards.

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