Veterans and Families Mark ANZAC Day with Remembrance and Reunion


On a surprisingly mild morning, Vietnam Veterans and members of the Air Force Association (AFA) Victorian Vietnam Veterans (V V) Branch, alongside two ex-WRAAFs, assembled on Flinders Street, Melbourne before the St Paul’s Cathedral. With no rain or harsh winds to contend with, the group, numbering 30 including family members, prepared for the annual ANZAC Day March, set to commence at 9.30AM.

The procession moved along St Kilda Road, pausing briefly before reaching the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. Post-march, the veterans and their families descended to the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Tree and Plaque for a Remembrance Service. Conducted by Branch President Chris Hudnott, the service was especially poignant this year as Chris was joined by his daughter and grandchildren from Tasmania. The young ones had the special honour of placing a wreath during the ceremony.

Following the solemn service, the group was invited to the Branch’s annual ANZAC Day Lunch at the Mail Exchange Hotel. The 31 attendees enjoyed a dedicated section in the dining area, where they shared a quality meal and enjoyed the camaraderie in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

This year’s ANZAC Day was particularly meaningful for Chris Hudnott, who served as a Forward Air Controller in Vietnam from August 1970 to April 1971. His brief return to Australia during the war for R&R coincided with the birth of his daughter, Joanna, making this reunion an emotional reminder of the sacrifices made during his service.

The day’s events highlighted the enduring bonds and shared memories that define the veteran community, highlighting the significance of ANZAC Day not just as a historical commemoration but as a living, breathing moment of unity and reflection for all who participate.





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