Lithgow Vietnam memorial plaque opened | Photos

The legacy of our Vietnam War veterans has been set in stone with a Vietnam Memorial Plaque installed at Lithgow’s Queen Elizabeth Park.

The addition of the plaque was made possible through $12,278 in funding from the NSW Government.

The funds were used to clad the remaining three masonry walls to match the current World War 2 wall and acknowledges the 50th Anniversary of Long Tan.

State member for Bathurst Paul Toole said he was delighted Lithgow City Council secured funding in the inaugural War Memorials Grants Program.

“I’m very proud that the community of Lithgow has received this grant to honour the bravery and sacrifice shown by so many and ensure their local legacy is maintained,” Mr Toole said.

“The Vietnam Memorial Plaque is a fitting monument to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It is also most fitting that the completion of these special works coincides with next week’s ANZAC day and that recognition is given to these servicemen.

“The NSW Government is proud to help local organisations invest in wartime history and is committed to preserving and displaying local military history for future generations and to honour the men and women who have served our country.”

Lithgow Mayor Stephen Lesslie said the monument was a stirring tribute to the country’s servicemen.

“It’s a very powerful monument in a beautiful setting here in Queen Elizabeth Park with the words mateship, sacrifice, courage and endurance really expressing the deep emotions that family would have,” said Mayor Lesslie.