‘Second to None’
Korea Veterans’ Day Commemoration Service
Saturday 23 July 2016
At Cascade Gardens, 2730 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Afterwards: Broadbeach Bowls Club. 169 Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218
The Korean War Memorial is located in the northern section of Cascade Gardens in proximity to Monaco Street and along the internal road within Cascade Gardens, Broadbeach. The memorial is in a picturesque setting with the design of the Korean Wall a series of 10 relief murals that represent the different forces – Army, Navy, Air Force in addition to the artillery/tanks, nurses and medics including those Missing In Action, Prisoner of War and Veterans.
National Korea Veterans’ Day Memorial Service
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Korea Veterans’ Day Memorial Service will be held at the National Memorial Walk (NMW) Enoggera
WHAT MY MEDALS MEAN TO ME
I’d never worn my medals; they were left there in the drawer,
so when I finally took them out, it had been twenty years or more.
My daughter saw me take them out, and asked me what they’re for.
I looked at her and calmly said, “ They’re a reminder of a war”.
They remind me of the mates I had, who never made it back;
Who died in a stinking paddy field, or on a jungle track.
They remind me of the troubles, and the hardships we went through.
They remind me why we went there, it was for people just like you.
They remind me of the hellhole, while we were over there.
They remind me of our countrymen, who really didn’t care.
They remind me of the mateship, forged in a foreign land.
They remind me of a certain mate, who lost a bloody hand.
They remind me when we went away; we thought the reason was just.
They remind me of when we came back; they turned their backs on us.
They remind me of the time we spent, there on our own.
They remind that it took twenty years, to welcome us back home.
They remind me of the suffering, the heartache and the pain.
They remind me if we’re called upon, we’d do it all again.
They remind me when I wear them next; the thoughts will come thru then,
at the going down of the sun, and in the morning; “WE WILL REMEMBER THEM”
Then I looked down at her smiling face, and I knew it had not got through.
I said “Listen love, they’re to remind me, I did it all for you.
Jim Egan, Ex Delta Coy, 4 RAR, 1971-72 Vietnam.
“A Duty Done”
A summary of operations by The Royal Australian Regiment in the Vietnam War 1965-1972
Dedicated to those who served
This is a book that deserves to be on all bookshelves. The reading is easy, the photographs and maps are plentiful and all the Battalions who served in South Vietnam get a mention.
Extract from the Preface:
“… The book attempts to illustrate the nature of those operations, especially the actions at company, platoon and section level where most of it occurred…. In the process of selecting suitable operations, I was guided by the availability of operational reports that were lucid and accurate. …” – Fred Fairhead
Recommended price is $40.00 (purchase, pack and send). Book alone without postage is $25.00.
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