A total of 26 Australians were killed during the fighting at Coral and Balmoral during the Vietnam War in May 1968. To commemorate the 50th anniversary, Victor Harbor RSL president David Miller, who served in the Vietnam War, is urging veterans and anyone involved at Coral and Balmoral to contact him on 0411 110 595.
“It is important we recognise this particular event as it is one of the more significant battles during the Vietnam War. Any locals involved or family members who would like to join us in laying a wreath, please let us know,” Mr Miller said.
A Commemorative Service and town march will occur on April 22 to honour those who served and were killed at the Battle of Coral and Balmoral and during other wartime conflicts. Those marching will meet at Grosvenor Gardens at 10.15am and march to the Cross Of Sacrifice where the wreath will be laid.
Mr Miller said the RSL embraces people who may not be a war veteran to take part in the march. “We embrace anyone who can march representing a veteran who served during wartime. They can march proudly in memory of a family member or someone they know wearing the medals on their right hand side,” he said.
The march will be the start of Anzac Week for the Victor Harbor RSL. On Anzac Day the Dawn Service will start at 5.45am and Anzac football derby will be played at Encounter Bay on April 28. For more information visit www.victorharborrsl.com.au