VETERANS DAY: Vietnam Veteran Phillip Fitzsimmons and RSL Taroom Sub Branch Inc Vice President Alan Harris at the site of the new monument.
VETERANS DAY: Vietnam Veteran Phillip Fitzsimmons and RSL Taroom Sub Branch Inc Vice President Alan Harris at the site of the new monument. Contributed

Recognising a sacrifice

THIS Sunday the Taroom RSL and the wider community will pay their respects and remember the sacrifices made by past servicemen/women to coincide with Vietnam Veterans Day.

The new Veterans Memorial will be officially unveiled on a day that means a lot to Taroom's RSL Vice-President Allan Harris and the community.

"It means a lot to us because we're of the age of growing up in the Vietnam era,” Mr Harris said.

"To us it's a community thing to keep the memory of the situation alive.

"Education the young ones is the big thing too.”

The new monument has been constructed to include the names of all ex-service men/women that were missing on the old monument.

The old monument was too fragile to remove the existing plaque and adding an additional plaque with the names was not an option for the RSL.

Harris hopes the day's proceedings will highlight Vietnam Veterans Day as major day of remembering sacrifices made like the nation does on Anzac Day.

"It's only in recent years they're getting the recognition they should've got,” Mr Harris said.

"They were treated badly when they returned.

"It's not that we believe in war and glorifying it.

"They were sent, they did a job and we are proud of them.”

Member for Callide Colin Boyce will host the ceremony and Vietnam veteran Jack Hammer will officiate at the dedication.

To mark the occasion invitations have been extended to MP Ken O'Dowd, RSL Queensland head office, RSL State Council of Auxiliaries, neighbouring RSL Sub Branches, Banana Shire Council Mayor Nev Ferrier and councillors together with business houses in Taroom and all residents of the community.

"It means a lot to us to have these guys here,” Mr Harris said.

"All in all it should be a moving service.”

The service kicks off at 10am sharp from the Memorial in Yaldwyn Street at Ludwig Leichhardt Park.


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