STANDING GUARD: Soldiers at the cenotaph for the Vietnam Veterans Day commemoration at Memorial Park, Grafton on Sunday.
STANDING GUARD: Soldiers at the cenotaph for the Vietnam Veterans Day commemoration at Memorial Park, Grafton on Sunday.

Vietnam Veterans Day is growing

VIETNAM Veterans Day conjures up all sorts of emotions for people of all ages.

For some, it's a feeling of gratitude; for others it's a sense of mateship and remembrance.

Though the sentiments are varied and often intangible, one thing is certain; the people of the Clarence Valley have an enormous sense of pride when it comes to our service men and women.

Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Association secretary Lorraine Burt said she and her family had close ties with the Vietnam War, and Vietnam Veterans Day provided them with an opportunity to reflect and appreciate the efforts of our military personnel.

"I'm married to one of those Vietnam Veterans," she said.

"Arthur Burt is my husband."

Mrs Burt said her grandchildren, Angela, Darcie and Jack, were just three of many schoolchildren present at the ceremony held in Memorial Park on Sunday afternoon.

"I know they're just so proud of their grandfather," she said.

Mrs Burt has been a member of the Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Association for 16 years and said she had noticed a great increase in crowd numbers over the years.

"A lot of people have a connection to a Vietnam veteran, whether they are a friend or a neighbour or a grandparent," Mrs Burt said.

"The people of Grafton always turn out for Vietnam Veterans Day.

"They seem to honour their service men and women."

With a large crowd gathering to remember those who fought, Mrs Burt was pleased with the number of people who attended the ceremony.

"It was terrific... I didn't expect that many people because it was a Sunday, she said.



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