Three Vietnam veterans will lead the Melbourne ANZAC Day march this year. The march leaders represent the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Australia entering the Vietnam War.
Veterans Gary Taylor OAM (Navy), Peter Liefman OAM (Army) and David Grierson OAM (RAAF), are proud and honoured to be leading the Melbourne march this year.
The veterans and their families attended an activation in Melbourne today to make the announcement. Also in attendance was RSL Victoria State President, Dr Robert Webster OAM, and a group of current serving Defence Force personnel who will be marching on ANZAC Day; Able Seaman Emma Christ, Captain Robert Powell and AirCraftman Aiden Gabriels.
"One of the most defining moments in my life was when I was called up for national service in Vietnam. I struggle to put into words how I felt that day when my name was selected through the birthday ballot. However nervous and afraid I was, it did not compare to the trepidation I felt on my return from Vietnam, knowing that the public's feelings on the conflict had significantly shifted. This is an experience that at times still haunts me decades after it occurred. Having Vietnam veterans leading this year's ANZAC Day march in Melbourne is meaningful to me and many of my contemporaries who served as part of the Vietnam War."
Dr Robert Webster OAM