AN HISTORICAL display from the Vietnam War will be on display this weekend at Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum on Pall Mall.
The display is hosted by the Vietnam Veterans education team, consisting of professionally trained and dedicated Vietnam veterans who have a strong desire to bringing a human face to the Vietnam conflict, and will be supported by local Vietnam veterans in describing to the visitors the meaning of the items and photographs on display.
The weekend display coincides with the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Victorian state council being held at the Bendigo RSL Club tomorrow.
City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke will join Bendigo RSL president Peter Swandale at the Soldiers Memorial Institute Museum to welcome delegates from all over the state to Bendigo this afternoon.
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Bendigo sub branch president Paul Penno said the war in Vietnam was a very divisive conflict in Australian society during its duration and lingered on for many years afterward.
He said over time much of the hurt, rejection and abuse experienced by veterans of this war has dissipated, and that the Vietnam Veterans education team has played a significant part in this healing process.
The display pays tribute to the 520 Australians who were killed in action, and all those who served and survived.