Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch MP, is delighted to announce that the Cairns RSL Sub Branch has received a grant under the Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants Program. The grant will enable the creation of a documentary capturing the stories and experiences of Vietnam Veterans in Cairns and the Far Northern District.
“The STS Program is a remarkable initiative that commemorates the bravery, sacrifice, and contribution of Australia’s military personnel across various conflicts and peace operations. I’m delighted that Cairns RSL has been successful in their application and will now proceed to document the vital stories of our local Vietnam Veterans,” said Mr Entsch.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. The documentary aims to honour this significant milestone by featuring interviews, archival footage, and images related to Vietnam Veterans from Cairns and the Far North.
“I think this project couldn’t come at a better time. This year marks half a century since the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, making it an opportune moment to capture the stories of those who served. With 131 Vietnam Veterans alone being members of the Cairns RSL Sub Branch, this documentary will serve as an enduring tribute to their courage and sacrifice,” Entsch noted.
The Cairns RSL Sub Branch has a strong history of commemorative work, having previously produced a documentary focusing on Cairns at War. The upcoming project will be an invaluable addition to their portfolio, focusing exclusively on the Vietnam War and Cairns’ involvement.
The documentary will be comprehensive, encapsulating perspectives from Vietnam Veterans across Cairns and the Far Northern District. Additionally, interviews with families of Vietnam Veterans will also be included, enriching the narrative and providing a multi-generational viewpoint.
“The families of those who served also carry these stories; they are part of our social fabric. Including their perspectives in the documentary is a fitting tribute to the wider impact of service and sacrifice,” Mr Entsch said.
For more information about the project, interested parties are encouraged to get in touch with the Cairns RSL.