IT has been 40 years since Aussie diggers wiped their faces clean of dirt, sweat and tears in the Vietnam War.
A ceremony was held yesterday on Long Tan Day to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the cessation of hostility of the Australian Government in the Vietnam conflict.
About 60 people including Vietnam veterans, their families and currently serving men and women attended the ceremony held at the South East Asia Memorial.
Ballarat Vietnam Veterans Association secretary Yvonne Thomas said that veterans shared a unique bond unbeknown to others.
“They are a band of brothers (veterans). They all have something in common that no one else has.
“The person you went to school with doesn’t understand what you’ve been through, but other veterans do,” Ms Thomas said.
“We had one of the young diggers come along today and our older veterans were interested in talking to
Ballarat Vietnam Veterans vice president Bill Akell spoke at the ceremony alongside Reverend Bryan Nicholls and chapman John Furness.
“A bunch of veterans continued to the bowling club afterward. We had a light luncheon and the fellowship was enjoyed by all,” Ms Thomas said.