Aussie Soldiers Buried In Malaysia To Be Brought Home
MELBOURNE, April 17 (Bernama) — The remains of Australian soldiers killed in the Vietnam War and buried in Malaysia will be brought back to Australia in June, said Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan.
The remains would be repatriated from the Terendak military cemetery in Malaysia by the Royal Australian Air Force, he was quoting as saying by ABC.
A private memorial service for families would follow a military ceremony at the RAAF Base Richmond in the State of New South Wales on June 2.
Then, the hearses bearing the returned Australians would depart for reinterment ceremonies across the country.
Australia sent more than 60,000 troops to the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1975, and 521 Australians were killed.
But instead of bringing all the war dead home, 24 Australian remains were flown to Terendak, north of Melaka, and buried there. One soldier was buried in Singapore.
Last May, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government would repatriate the soldiers except in cases where their families wanted the graves left undisturbed.
Ken Foster, national president of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, said bringing the soldiers home would enable families to pay their last respects.
“The families will be able to visit their graves as and when they want,” he told Daily Mail Australia.