Annual Vietnam Dinner

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The Riverton RSL's Annual Vietnam Veterans’ Dinner was a huge success with more than 90 people attending.

The Sub-Branch was proud to partner again with the Vietnam Armed Forces Association and the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia to host this commemorative event.

Honoured guests included our Patron, Hon Dr Mike Nahan MLA, Member for Riverton; Mr Peter Aspinall, President of RSLWA; Mr John McCourt, CEO of RSLWA; LTCOL Phil Draber RETD and Mrs Gabby Ryan from the RSLWA Board; Mr Thanh Van Nguyen, President of the Vietnam Armed Forces Association and Mr Richard Williams, President of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia.

Riverton RSL President Bill Collidge and Thanh Van Nguyen presented the Vietnamese Star medals Mr Duck Van Pham, Ly Vi Bang, Ha To, Tran Van Br and Trinh Thanh Trung.

The delicious five-course Dinner was served by seven members of the 509 Army Cadet Unit based at Lynwood Senior High School.

The 51 ACU Swan Regiment Drums and Pipes piped guests in as they arrived and prior to the dinner, the relevant duty calls were played with Piper Amy Jones playing the five-minute warning with Pipers P/LCpls Chris Brand and Nick Vernon, with Amy Jones and Eamon Wilkinson playing the guests into Dinner.

During the Dinner, the Drums and Pipes played a selection of tunes with a traditional march around the tables by the pipers to conclude the evening.

Riverton RSL Committee Member and Vietnam Veteran Ron Brown read a poem written by 39759 BDR Paul (Crash) Kennedy about the Battle for Long Khanh (6-7 June 1971) that BDR Kennedy and his unit were involved in.

President Bill Collidge congratulated the volunteers who helped set up the Riverton RSL for the Dinner and thanked everyone for coming along to honour and remember those who fought in the Vietnam campaign.