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CMNL Commemoration
Commemoration services bring people together and provide veterans opportunities to reunite, connect and to remember the fallen. At RSL Clubs across the country, veterans, families of veterans passed and present and communities gather. At these occasions veterans share like-minded stories, passing them on through generations, never to be forgotten.


August 2023


Commemorating 50 years since Australian forces left Vietnam & the 78th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

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On these important days of commemoration, we remember those who have fallen,
pay our respects to our ex-service men and women and show our pride for those who serve today.
The efforts of those past and present will forever be remembered.

We thank you all for your service.

Vietnam Veteran Day

Bargo Sports Club

We thank all Veterans, veteran families and our community for joining us on this day at Bargo Sports Club.

On Friday, 18 August 2023, Bargo Sports Club welcomed Australian and Vietnamese Veterans, their families, and our local community to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

we acknowledge the endurance, courage, ingenuity,
      good humour and mateship of all who have served.

At Bargo Sports Club, we remember those who have fallen, pay our respects to our ex-service men and women and show our pride for those who serve today. The efforts of those past and present will forever be remembered. Commemorations provide important occasions for Veteran units to reunite, share like-minded stories and support one another.

Our service began with a Didgeridoo introduction from Jiah King follow by the catafalque party. Catafalque party consists of four members of the armed guard, who stand, their heads bowed, and their arms (weapon) reversed. The guards stand facing outwards around the memorial as a symbolic form of respect for those that have fallen – our heartfelt thank you to Rest On Arms (4/3 Battalion the Royal NSW Regiment).

Our ‘Welcome to Country’ was presented by Bob Dooley, thanking those who attended as well as sharing stories with the community during his years of service.

“Bargo Sports Club has always been supportive of the local community, and this is a clear demonstration of that. I was pleased to be asked to present and share my appreciation for the day. I joined in the 80s and over my 30 odd years of Service, I witnessed mateships that we still value to this day. The mateship between Bill Coolaburra and ‘Snow’ is one that is legendary amongst the Veterans. Although many Veterans were treated terrible upon their return, Services like today allow us to show our respect to them. To allow us to recognise and demonstrate to the next generation the importance of these Services.”

Wreaths were laid by our guests to pay our respects and gratitude. Our heartfelt thank you to all our ex-service men and women for their service.

We would like to extend our thanks to:
Rest On Arms (4/3 Battalion the Royal NSW Regiment)
Bob Dooley (MC)
Jiah King (Didgeridoo player)
Judy Hannan (MP Member for Wollondilly)
CR Suzy Brandstater (Wollondilly Shire Council)
Malcolm Tyler (Director of CMNL Group)
Bargo Men’s Shed
Bargo Men’s Bowling Club
Bargo Rural Fire Service
Yanderra Rural Fire Service
Buxton Rural Fire Service

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It is important in our Australian history for all generations to create connections, to learn, understand, acknowledge, and share the stories which helped shaped Australia, a chance for everyone to honour the contributions and sacrifices our Veterans have made.

  We look forward to sharing your story
& welcome you to help us share them with others

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