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  • Get up close to the action, equipment,and heritage sites that will bring history to life!

    Events include:

    Military Heritage WeekendSE

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    Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 March 2013

    Contact: Tourism Development Officer

    Mitchell Shire Council113 High Street, Broadford 3658p: (03) 5734 6200e: [email protected]

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    StaGE 2 OpEninG OF thE ViEtnaM VEtERanS COMMEMORatiVE walk

    GUidEd tOURS OF thEaUStRalian liGht hORSE MEMORial paRk

    OUtdOOR MOViE

    hiStORiCal diSplaYS

    MilitaRY VEhiClE paRadE

    RidES and FaMilY EntERtainMEnt

  • The Commemorative Walk is not to memorialise those who served in Vietnam and/or those who paid the ultimate price, but to

    commemorate the service of all who played their part in what turned out to be a tumultuous part of Australias history. It will, in the

    interpretive centre give an accurate history of the times prior to military commitment, the period of our involvement and the aftermath.

    The Walk will be a meandering red earth path set in native trees and grasses that resemble rubber trees and rice paddies. These two

    plants are synonymous with Vietnam. Along the length of this Walk will be walls made up of panels of DigiGlass with the name of every

    Serviceman and Servicewoman who served in their various capacities. The names will be separated only by the Service in which they

    served in alphabetical order. The plinths on which the panels stand will have holes for Poppies; the effect is to have a field of Poppies

    under the names. Behind the names is the picture story of the Vietnam conflict. There will be areas of contemplation for people to use

    along the length of this walk and Military artefacts of the period, an Iroquois Helicopter, M2A2 howitzers, M113 APCs and a Centurion

    Tank.

    Progress over the past 3-4 months has been astounding, the hundreds of Spotted Gums and grasses have all been planted, the 300m

    red earth pathway formed and the wall panels with artwork and names installed. The Centurion Tank has been placed and all the kerb

    and channelling and car parking has been completed. By official Opening Day the site will truly be a spectacular sight! ... Gerry Turner (OEM Pres.)

    YOUR SUB BRANCH WILL BE PROVIDING A BUS/BUSES FOR MEMBERS TO ATTEND

    (full details/cost to follow when numbers are known)

    Register your interest immediately by emailing/phoning

    [email protected] or 9763 7975 A military parade will follow the opening, cumulating in an evening concert of Vietnam era performers.

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  • VIETNAM VETERANS COMMEMORATIVE WALK OPENING OF STAGE 2 - SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2013

    PROGRAM FOR THE DAY

    Time Event

    12.30 pm Assembly at Vietnam Vets Commemorative Walk site, High St, Seymour

    1.00 pm Commencement of Opening of Stage 2 Ceremony The Melbourne Army Band will be part of the opening ceremony, playing the Last Post, Rouse and the National Anthems of New Zealand and Australia.

    2.00 pm Conclusion of Opening of Stage 2 Ceremony

    2.00 pm-3.30 pm Free time for exploring the Commemorative Walk

    3.30 pm Parade from Commemorative Walk site to Kings Park, Seymour Melbourne Army Band to accompany

    4.00 pm-5.30 pm Concert - Kings Park, Seymour Mitchell Shire Band and/or Melbourne Army Band

    6.00 pm-9.00 pm Concert by Vietnam era entertainers Kings Park, Seymour

    9.00 pm Firework display Kings Park Seymour

    9.15 pm Movie (the Sapphires) Kings Park, Seymour

    9.15 pm Possible continuation of concert by Vietnam era entertainers Kings Park Seymour

    Whenever Concert finish

  • VIETNAM VETERANS COMMEMORATIVE WALK OPENING OF STAGE 2 - SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2013

    PROGRAM FOR OPENING CEREMONY

    Time Event

    12.30 pm Arrival of Dignitaries commences

    1 pm Introduction by Ross Gregson (Mitchell Sub-Branch - VVAA)

    1 pm Welcome by Master of Ceremonies

    Councillor Bill Melbourne, Mayor, Mitchell Shire Council

    1.03 pm Address by Ross Stewart, President, Mitchell Sub-Branch VVAA

    1.06 pm Address by Bob Elworthy President, Victorian State Branch VVAA

    1.09 pm Address by Ron Coxon President, Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia

    1.12 pm Address by MAJGEN David McLachlan Patron & President of RSL Victoria

    1.15 pm Address by Principal Guest The Honourable Hugh Delahunty MP

    1.18 pm Address by Prime Minister The Honourable Julia Gillard MP

    1.21 pm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony The Honourable Hugh Delahunty MP & The Honourable Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister

    1.24 pm Barry McAvinue & Jenny Melbourne to unveil plaque for Long Tan Cross (RG)

    1.25 pm Mount Catafalque Parties at Long Tan Cross & Remembrance Panel

    1.27 pm Dedication of Long Tan Cross and then Remembrance Panel (Catholic, Anglican and Uniting religions represented)

    1.35 pm Laying of Wreaths

    Minister, Prime Minister and Mayor at Long Tan Cross CDF, Navy/Army/Air Force Chiefs, President - VVAA Victoria at Remembrance Panel Anyone else who may wish to lay a wreath or other commemorative item may do so

    after the completion of the Ceremony

    1.42 pm Ode MAJGEN David McLachlan Patron & President of RSL Victoria

    1.43 pm Last Post - National Flag to half-mast (Melbourne Army Band)

    1.44 pm Silence

    1.45 pm Rouse National Flag to Full Mast (Melbourne Army Band)

    1.47 pm New Zealand National Anthem (Melbourne Army Band)

    1.50 pm Australian National Anthem (Melbourne Army Band)

    1.53 pm Closing Prayer Principal Chaplain

    1.55 pm Dismount Catafalque Parties

    2.00 pm Close of Ceremony

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