KYNETON RSL TO COMMEMORATE ANNIVERSARIES
The Kyneton RSL will be commemorating two significant anniversaries in August. Victory in the Pacific (VP Day) is commemorated on 15 August signalling Japan’s unconditional surrender and bringing an end to all hostilities in World War II. A small ceremony, including wreath-laying, will be conducted at the RSL commencing at 11am, Thursday 15 August. Following the ceremony a lunch will be held to honour our World War II veterans. Vietnam Veterans Day is commemorated on 18 August and falls on the anniversary of the battle of Long Tan. The battle, which took place in a rubber plantation near the Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat in the then Phuoc Tuy province of the former Republic of Vietnam, was the single costliest battle in terms of casualties for the whole Vietnam War. D Company of 6 RAR, facing an overwhelming force of Viet Cong guerrillas and North Vietnamese regular forces, suffered 42 casualties, 18 of whom died. A small ceremony will be conducted at the RSL commencing at 2pm on Sunday 18 August. The ceremony will be followed by light refreshments. Anyone wishing to attend either of these two ceremonies, and lay a wreath or floral tribute, is welcome do so. For further information please contact the Secretary at the Kyneton RSL, Mike Gretton, on 54226735.