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Remembering and Honouring our Fallen Diggers

November 12, 2012

Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for Fowler, was the guest of honour at the Remembrance Day Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony at the Cabra-Vale Memorial Park.

The ceremonious unveiling was organised by the Vietnamese Community in Australia – NSW Chapter and the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia.

The commemorative plaque, under the statue of Australian-Vietnamese soldiers is in scripted with 521 names of the Australian solders that lost heir lives in the Vietnam War.

"It is very important we honour our fallen soldiers. Their sacrifice was and remains to be great and must remain etched in the Australian spirit".

"The Remembrance Day tradition started in honour of more than 60 000 Australians who died during the First World War".

"This year we paid tribute to more than 102 000 Australians who made the ultimate sacrifice in various wars and conflicts, including 39 in Afghanistan, to ensure the safety of our nation", Mr Hayes said.

The Ceremony was followed by a dinner raising funds for families of Australian soldiers who died or sustained permanent injuries in the Vietnam War.

"As a nation, it is also important to take care of the families of the fallen as well as the soldiers who returned but are carrying the physical as well as emotion and mental scars".

"The memories of all those who took up arms in service of our nation should be honoured with dignity and respect as they were during the Cabra Vale Memorial Park Service, Mr Hayes added".

Lest we forget