HONOUR: Gerry Hunter (left) and Bob Payne read the national servicemen’s plaque at the Cenotaph’s Wall of Remembrance.
HONOUR: Gerry Hunter (left) and Bob Payne read the national servicemen’s plaque at the Cenotaph’s Wall of Remembrance. Bruce Thomas

Coffs prepares for VP Day

IT’S going to be quite a day at the Coffs Harbour Cenotaph on Monday.

Our veterans will commemorate the 66th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day and also see the dedication of a plaque honouring our national servicemen.

They’re hoping many locals will turn out, just like they have in the past, to support our ex-service community.

“On the military ceremonial calendar, VP Day is as important as Victory in Europe Day, even more so for Australia in that were that close to being invaded by the Japanese it wasn’t funny,” said Coffs Harbour RSL sub-branch president Bob Payne.

“It was the most perilous time in Australian history and while it doesn’t get the same recognition as Anzac Day, it is a very historic day.”

VP Day marks Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender in 1945 and for Australians, it meant the Second World War was finally over.

Gerry Hunter is the Australian National Servicemen’s Association Coffs Harbour sub-branch president and he’s thrilled with the local recognition to be bestowed on his comrades everywhere.

“From 1951 to 1972, 290,000 men did their national service here and overseas in the navy, army and air force,” Mr Hunter said.

“Forty per cent of those Aussies killed in Vietnam were national servicemen.”

Mr Hunter said comradeship and pride in serving their country were important values for all ‘nashos’.

Monday’s service starts at 11am after a march to the Cenotaph.



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