Jimboomba cadets honour servicemen and women on Vietnam Veterans' Day

RETURNED servicemen and women were joined by Jimboomba cadets at the Palm Gardens memorial in Beaudesert's Jubilee Park today to commemorate Vietnam Veterans' Day.

The annual event paid tribute to service men and women who served in the Vietnam war, where more than 500 Australians lost their lives.

The service was led by Beaudesert RSL Sub-Branch president Carol Castles and Reverend David Lunniss.

Beaudesert RSL Sub-Branch has 28 members who served during the Vietnam war/

Ms Castles said all Australians should acknowledge and honour the Vietnam Veterans.

"Vietnam veterans are now the vanguard for the Anzacs," she said.

"To serve our country is one of the noblest things anyone can do for their fellow citizens."

Federal and state MPs Scott Buchholz and Jon Krause were on hand to lay a wreath and pay their respects, as were representatives from Scenic Rim Regional Council and representatives of the National Servicemen's Association.

Commonly known as the Nashos, the association represents Australians who were recruited into the military via the National Service Scheme between 1951 and 1972.

Australians fought in fierce battles in Vietnam, most notably the Battle of Long Tan in 1966, the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral in 1967 and the Battle of Binh Ba in 1969.

While Australia's participation in the war was formally declared over in January 1973, elements of the RAAF remained until 1975 assisting with evacuation operations.

After prayers and the laying of wreaths the last post was played, the ode recited and all joined in to sing the Australian national anthem.

Members of the Jimboomba Cadets formed the catafalque party before the parade was dismissed.