Friday, November 11 at 11am will be the 98th anniversary of Remembrance Day.
On November 11, 1918 the guns fell silent on the western front, just as the citizen’s of Young will at Anderson Park today. Veterans, friends and families alike pause in memory of those who have died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts, sacrificing so much for their country.
This weekend also sees the Riverina Vietnam Veterans 39th annual reunion. Young will host the reunion for the first time in nearly a decade.
“We hold a service similar to Friday’s on Saturday with a march from Town Hall to Anderson Park,” Young Vietnam Veterans committee member, John Walker said.
Starting at 4.30pm the nearly 150 veterans will be accompanied by the Young Town Band and Cadets from Young, Cowra, Boorowa and Grenfell. Following the march there will be a dinner held on Saturday night as well as a breakfast on Sunday morning.
“It is significant that the veterans can still get together.” Mr Walker said.
The event is a chance for all of those who served together to catch up and reminisce. Mr Walker said the support veterans give each other has been significant.
After living through an experience like the Vietnam War, he believes it is essential they can all get together and offer help with what individuals may be going through in their lives.
Thursday saw the opening of the Young Society of Artists Inc. Vietnam Veterans 50 Years exhibition. Held at the Young Services Club the showing consists of paintings, drawings and prints of the Southern Highlands Vietnam Veterans.
The artwork has been brought from the Southern Highlands of NSW by artists, Kim Shannon and Robyn Kinsela, in conjunction with the Riverina Vietnam Veteran’s reunion.
The exhibition will be at the Young Services Club until Monday, November 14.
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