‘There’s not as many of us left now,’ Ron Flynn added, as a group of six veterans observed that more than four decades had passed since Australian troops left for the Vietnam War.
About 35 people attended the service in Yanchep National Park on Monday to commemorate those involved in Australia’s longest war between 1962 and 1973.
During the service, sub-branch president Rolly Sweet said it was appropriate to think about the families of the 60,000 soldiers involved as well, because the war had affected them too.
‘Many more veterans suffered and continue to suffer from their experiences there,’ he said. ‘Today we remember all Vietnam veterans and their families.’
Mr Faulks and Trevor Button said they would also be going to the Vietnam Veterans Week gathering in Bruce Rock in early October.
Mr Flynn said there should be days dedicated to honouring soldiers from other wars as well.
‘The Korean War veterans are members of the ‘forgotten war’,’ he said.
‘That was a particularly nasty war.
‘It’s high time that they were recognised a lot more than what they are.’
Mr Sweet said the sub-branch would hold its second evening meeting next month to suit and attract younger members who make work during the day.
They will meet at Yanchep Sports and Social Club on Yanchep Beach Road from 7pm on Monday, September 8.
For more information, call 9561 1672.
Merchant navy day
The Merchant Navy Day service will be held at the Yanchep Sports and Social Club from 11.30am.