Brimbank Council is pleased to announce the opening of the new Vietnam War Memorial at Kevin Wheelahan Gardens in Sunshine
The memorial pays tribute to the 521 Australians who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. It recognises and pays respect to their memory and to the sacrifices that they made in the Vietnam War.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said that Council in partnership with the Vietnamese Community Association is honoured to unveil the Vietnam War Memorial almost a year to the day of the first sod turn.
“This is a significant project and is an expression of gratitude to the Vietnamese people involved in the war, and the Vietnamese community who now reside in Australia – a large number of whom have chosen to call Brimbank home.
“The beautiful Kevin Wheelahan Gardens and memorial will serve our community as a place of remembrance and reflection. They are places where the people of Brimbank can spend time honouring loved ones, and understand the sacrifices made by our brave fallen soldiers.
It is important that public spaces such as this play a significant role reflecting, and retelling the stories that are such an important part of our history and our culture,” Cr Giudice said.
These gardens are already home to an avenue planting that honours the veterans from the Sunshine District who served in World War One.
The addition of a Vietnam War Memorial adds another layer of remembrance, and provides further synergy with the neighbouring Sunshine RSL.
The project has been organised by the Vietnamese Community Association in partnership with Brimbank City Council, Sunshine and Footscray RSL, Vietnamese Veterans Association of Victoria, Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia and Major Bruce Davies, author, historian and Vietnam Veteran.
This partnership project is very much supported by the local community and a great opportunity for Council to continue its commitment to creating quality open spaces that serve the community.