This Friday: Vietnam Veterans Day at New Norfolk

THE Derwent Valley’s first public commemoration of those who served in the Vietnam War will be held this Friday, August 18. This community-led event will see wreaths placed on the New Norfolk Cenotaph and a brief address will be given on the Derwent Valley Council lawns.

The event coincides with Vietnam Veterans Day, also called Long Tan Day, and marks the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. It will be the first time Vietnam veterans have been acknowledged in this way at New Norfolk.

Organiser Alacia Ford, of Hamilton, is ex-army and wrote in last fortnight’s New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News about friends who served in the war and suffered its effects. Anyone who would like to lay a wreath this Friday is invited to gather at the Cenotaph in Circle St, New Norfolk, shortly before noon this Friday. The New Norfolk RSL will be represented.

All Vietnam veterans, their families, friends and the public to attend. Following the commemoration, there will be a short address on the council lawns. The council carpark will be closed during this time. For more information contact the Derwent Valley Council on 6261 8500 or email

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