The Friends of ANZAC Cottage will honour the contribution made by the Vietnam Veterans at its Open Day on August 16. Visitors are invited to come between 1.00pm to 4.00pm and view the "before" and "after" effects of the great work they carried out to save the Cottage.
Youth keeps ANZAC history alive
Jet-Rik Bernal will talk about his experiences and feelings on his recent Gallipoli visit.
Vietnam Veterans Day celebrated on August 18 each year, remembers the sacrifices made by our young men and women in a conflict that spanned a ten-year period. Though originally it was a day to commemorate the Battle of Long Tan in 1966, all veterans have since adopted it.
Vietnam Veterans save ANZAC Cottage
Shadows formed by the late afternoon sun add gravitas to the beautifully restored ANZAC Cottage and all it represents.
Whilst ANZAC Cottage was built to commemorate the Gallipoli landing, the Vietnam Veterans have played a crucial role in restoring and maintaining this historic memorial. Twenty-three years ago, ANZAC Cottage had fallen into almost terminal disrepair with severe white ant damage, coupled with significant structural collapse and degradation.
This gallant group of veterans came to the rescue and, in collaboration with a community-based group, respectfully recreated the Cottage's beginnings by completely restoring and renovating the Cottage to its original state.
The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia motto, 'Honour the dead, but fight like hell for the living' is no better displayed than in their restoration, support and care of ANZAC Cottage.
Entry is Free and includes the talk and viewing of the ANZAC Cottage. For a gold coin donation, enjoy afternoon tea as you see the results of the great restoration work by the Vietnam Veterans.
ANZAC Cottage, at No.38 Kalgoorlie Street in Mount Hawthorn, has a unique history, Constructed as a practical monument to commemorate the Anzac's participation in the First World War, the first memorial to the Great War to be built in Australia. Open to the public on the first Sunday of each month from 1.00pm to 4.00pm, offering free entry and afternoon tea for a gold coin donation. All are welcome to attend and learn more about its unique history.
Friends of ANZAC Cottage has been set up to retain the connection of the cottage to the Mount Hawthorn and broader community. If you wish to know more about this event or would like further information about ANZAC Cottage, check out their Facebook page or call Anne on 0411 44 55 82.
Photos courtesy of Friends of ANZAC Cottage unless otherwise noted.