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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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28 September 2016

Vietnam War commemorative service

The Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, today paid tribute to the families of Australia’s service men and women.

The War Widows’ Guild and the Partners of Veterans Association of Australia will tomorrow hold a joint commemorative service to mark the Vietnam conflict at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park in Sydney at 11am.

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), patron to the War Widows’ Guild of Australia and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove patron to The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of Australia.

Mr Tehan said the service was a reminder of the sacrifice made by the families of service men and women in defence of our country.

“As a nation we honour the service and sacrifice of the Australians who serve in our armed forces during conflicts as well as peace-time,” Mr Tehan.

“The Vietnam War commemorative service organised by the War Widows’ Guild and the Partners of Veterans Association of Australia is a timely reminder of the sacrifices also made by the families of our service men and women.

“Unless you have been in that position, it is difficult to imagine the thoughts and feelings our Defence families experience when a loved one is in danger because of their service.

“These families share a unique bond and provide each other with valuable support, as a nation we are grateful to them.”

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.