Seymour Vietnam Veterans’ Walk Commemorated

Seymour Vietnam Veterans’ Walk Commemorated

Victoria Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Hugh Delahunty

Cindy McLeish Seymour MLA

Stage One Of Seymour Vietnam Veterans’ Walk Unveiled

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Hugh Delahunty today officially opened Stage One of the new Vietnam Veterans’ Commemorative Walk in Seymour.

The completed first stage of the development includes a memorial cairn and a new interpretive centre called Luscombe Bowl.

Joining local Member for Seymour, Cindy McLeish, Mitchell Shire Mayor Graeme Coppell, President of the Victorian Branch of the RSL Major Gen. David McLachlan and Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans’ Commemorative Walk Committee Ross Stewart at the facility, Mr. Delahunty congratulated all involved for their work in developing the innovative commemoration project.

 

“Whether as conscripts or regulars, serving on the front lines or in support roles, our servicemen and women in Vietnam carried out their duties courageously in extremely difficult conditions and under tremendous strain.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“This new community project not only pays tribute to the 60,000 men and women who served in Australia’s longest war, but it gives a valuable insight into a tumultuous time in Australia’s history.”

Mr. Delahunty commended the new Luscombe Bowl which is a replica of the makeshift entertainment venue set up by soldiers during the war at the end of Luscombe Airfield at Nui Dat in Vietnam.

The replica Luscombe Bowl will provide interpretive displays depicting veterans’ war time experiences ranging from jungle warfare to troop concerts.

“All of these visual experiences will enable everyone, especially the younger generation, to develop an appreciation for this important part of our war-time history and national identity.” Mr. Delahunty said.

“The Coalition committed $1.2 Million during the 2010 election campaign towards the cost of completing Stage 2 of this wonderful development that will include a memorial wall and walk surrounded by rubber trees, rice paddies and military artefacts from the period. I look forward to celebrating the beginning of that next exciting stage.

“Working together we can ensure the legacy of our veterans is honoured, remembered and passed on to the next generation.” Mr. Delahunty said.

Cindy McLeish Seymour MLA

Cindy McLeish Seymour MLA