2018 in Detail


 

 

Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia 2018 February Victorian State Conference

On Saturday February 24th, 2018, Geelong hosted the 2018 V.V.A.A. Victoria State Conference. This has conducted at the Geelong R.S.L. and was attended by delegates from all over the state.  The conference was opened by the  Federal Member for Corangamite, Ms. Sarah Henderson.

A highlight of the conference, was the awarding of Life Membership to G. &D.V.V.A.A. Vice-President Ken Baker.

 

 

 

 

 

Local Federal Member Ms. Sarah Henderson opened and addressed the conference, obviously to the amusement of G&DVVAA President, Rieny Nieuwenhof.

State President Bob Elworthy addresses the conference

 

Ken Baker receiving his Life Membership from Ms. Henderson

Ken Baker displaying his Life Membership with Bob Elsworthy

Life Membership Presentations

On Friday March 2nd, 2018, Dorothy Cunningham and Kevin Benson were both presented with Life Memberships to the G & D.V.V.A.A by President Rieny Nieuwenhof.  A very special and thoroughly deserved recognition of the service they have both given to the branch.

   

 

Bruce Tarticchio receiving the Tommy Simpson Award from G&DVVAA President, Rieny Nieuwenhof, on March 16th, 2018.

Thomas (Tommy) Simpson was a local Geelong lad (born in 1939) and served in Vietnam with the Royal Australian Artillery with 105 Field Battery.  He was killed on December 9th, 1965. The award is named in his honour.

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Below are images of aspects of the Anzac Day March, Geelong, 2018. A day of reflection and pride, made better when shared with family, friends and comrades.

 

Marching as a group behind a proud banner.

A show of appreciation.

Branch Secretary Aivar plays “the Pied Piper”.

A proud moment for President Rieny with his son-in-law (ex Navy)

A time to reflect

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 Bernard Clancy and family

A proud moment for Peter Jager with his wife and daughter – almost 40 years of combined service with the Army, Navy and Air Force.

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Vietnam Veterans Day 2018

On Sunday, August 12th, 2018, Geelong and District Vietnam Veterans Association Sub-branch held their Rememberance March along the Avenue of Honour, North Geelong.  Approximately 40 members took part in the march, which was lead by members who had seen active service during the battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, and were accompanied by the City of Geelong Brass Band. The march was then followed by a Commemorative Service at the Memorial Park, where about 200 people attended, including Federal Members Sarah Henderson and Richard Marles, State Members of Parliament, local Councillors and representatives of local and district service clubs and organisations.  The key note address was given by Mr Graham Christie, JP, RSL Vice President, and who was involved in the FSB Coral battles.  Grahams address can be found on this website.  This was followed by a wreath laying ceremony.  On Saturday August 11th, the Vietnam Veterans Day, Match of the Day was played between North Geelong and Bannockburn, with medallions for best on ground performances presented to Leigh Potter (Bannockburn) in netball, and Blake Miller (Bannockburn) in football.

President Rieny’s Opening Address

Above and below are a series of photos taken during the march and the commemorative service.

Graham Christie – Key-note speaker

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On Sunday August 18th, a group of veterans also travelled to Melbourne to attend the Gunfire Breakfast and Commemorative march to the Shrine.

 

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On Sunday August 18th, a small contingent also attended the Commemorative March and Service in Queenscliff, conducted by the Queenscliff RSL.  (The  photo (centre) of some of those who attended, is normally only seen on a wanted  poster with a reward offered)