An estimated ten thousand people have participated in the traditional ANZAC Day march in Melbourne this year. The march began at 9 am from Princes Bridge. Veterans from WWII through to current serving participated as well as many family members and descendants.
This year’s ANZAC Day march was led by Vietnam veterans Gary Taylor OAM (Navy), Peter Liefman OAM (Army) and David Grierson OAM (RAAF). The leaders represented the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Australia entering the Vietnam War.
"RSL Victoria is proud to lead commemoration on ANZAC Day in Melbourne. It was wonderful to see so many Victorians commemorating at the Dawn Service and cheering on Veterans who were marching down St Kilda Road."
Dr Robert Webster OAM
Dr Webster went on to say.
“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.”
Thank you to all of those who came out for the Melbourne march.