Two hundred and twelve national servicemen who died in battle were remembered today at a ceremony in Canberra.
Two thousand ex-servicemen marched and then gathered with their families for the dedication of a National Service Memorial.
Elly Bradfield reports.
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Almost 300,000 servicemen who fought in Vietnam and Borneo from 1950 to 1972 were honoured today.
It’s taken nine years to get a special memorial built next to the Australian War Memorial as a permanent reminder of those called up for compulsory military duty.
The Governor General said the men who accepted call-up duty were true patriots who knew the meaning of citizenship.
Quentin Bryce, Governor General: “Today we pause to lay a stone in the trail for another group of men.”
The fountain will be a place to reflect with the sound of the running water representing the lives lost in battle.
General Peter Cosgrove, Chairman of the Council of the Australian War Memorial: “Their service and their sacrifice is worthy of commemoration.”
It is hoped today’s service will provide closure for families and long awaited recognition for the national servicemen.
Jeff Kennett, Former National Serviceman: “We thank today all those responsible for this memorial in recognition of our service and our contribution to Australia’s security.”
National Servicemen made up one third of Australia’s troops in Vietnam.
Elly Bradfield, QUT News.