THE skies cleared in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Mandurah today, apart from a flurry of rain towards the end of the service.
Big crowds packed around the Mandurah War Memorial, in one of just two remembrance services in WA, to remember the service and sacrifice of all Vietnam veterans.
Before the service, a long parade escorted by a naval guard and accompanied by the Scotch College Pipes and Drums Band, wound from the rotunda on the eastern foreshore to the memorial.
The parade was led by local high school students carrying national flags of honour that were later presented to the families of West Australian servicemen killed in action.
Sixty-three WA servicemen died in Vietnam.
On the dot of 11am, the peace was broken when an RAAF fly past raced across the sky.