GALLERY | Macarthur marks Vietnam Veterans Day 2017

Dozens of Macarthur locals braved strong winds this morning to honour the sacrifices of those in the Vietnam War.

The service held at Campbelltown’s Mawson Park combined RSL and Vietnam Veterans groups from the Campbelltown and Camden areas for a sombre ceremony.

Today marked the 51st anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, the fight which Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates.

Ingleburn RSL Sub-Branch president – and NSW RSL vice president – Ray James spoke of the sacrifices Australian soldiers made in the Vietnam War.

He told the crowd, mainly comprised of veterans, their families, school students and dignitaries, of the thousands of men who lost their lives.

“Most of us [veterans here today] did not know each other during the war but have become great mates in the years since,” he said.

“Vietnam Veterans are still fighting to improve the lives of our comrades.”

Prayers were delivered by Reverend Nigel Webb while Campbelltown MP Greg Warren also spoke.

The wreath-laying ceremony was the highlight of the event, with dozens of community groups represented.

Several people also laid books at the foot of the cenotaph.

The ceremony concluded with the playing of four national anthems – American, New Zealand, Vietnamese and Australian.

Attendees then returned to Campbelltown RSL for refreshments.