President of Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans? Association Ron Shoebridge looks at the WWI memorial
President of Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans? Association Ron Shoebridge looks at the WWI memorial

Vietnam vets honour mateshonour mates

By Emma Cornford

CLARENCE Valley Vietnam veterans may secure a war memorial if plans for the shrine at Memorial Park in Grafton are cleared by the new council.

The Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans' Association has received a $2000 heritage grant from the Howard Government and will continue to fundraise.

Association president Ron Shoebridge said the memorial would include the history of battles during the conflict and names of Clarence Valley servicemen and women who died in the conflict, or returned to the Valley but later died.

"It's for everybody to reflect on what Vietnam was because when we came back noone wanted to accept us (and) it represents the ones who were enlisted from the Clarence Valley area and served over there," Mr Shoebridge said.

"We'll approach the new (Clarence Valley) council as soon as they can get their feet on the ground."

He said the association hoped to place the memorial in the south-

western section of the park.



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