Warning Order – Proposed Brisbane Commemorative Service 50th Anniversary Battle of Nui Le – 21 September 2021

Hello everyone.
As a consequence of the cancellation of the Canberra reunion, your committee has decided it would be appropriate to give members an opportunity to commemorate the battle here in Brisbane on Tuesday, 21 September 2021.

To this end, arrangements have been made with Brisbane City Council for the association to conduct a service at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in ANZAC Square in Ann Street, Brisbane City, commencing at 4.00pm. It will only be a short service concluding around 4.30pm.

The HQ 7 Bde Chaplain, Leo Orreal has accepted an invitation to conduct the service. It is hoped further that a piper from 8/9 RAR will provide musical support. Those present are then invited to cross Ann Street to the Grand Central Hotel where a room has been booked for refreshments and dinner later for those who elect to stay on. A cash bar will operate.

The hotel has recently had a major renovation and is now quite classy. At 4.45pm, the Last Post Ceremony will be live streamed at the Hotel direct from the Australian War Memorial. Private Ralph Niblett, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Nui Le and who was the last Australian soldier to die in Vietnam, will be featured at the Last Post Ceremony. His older sister, Pamela Taylor, who lives on the Gold Coast, has accepted our invitation to attend. (NOTE, these arrangements with the AWM are dependent on the current lockdown in Canberra being lifted as planned on 17 September. Irrespective, our activity will still proceed.)

As several people from the Gold Coast (including Pamela) and from Brisbane have indicated that they would like to stay in the city overnight, we have negotiated a special rate with the Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square, directly opposite the Grand Central Hotel. This rate is only available to those attending the 4 RAR function and can only be booked online (Studio Suites $150.00 per room per night, one-bedroom apartments $175.00 per night). To access this discount, go to the website ‘http://www.tfehotels.com’, locate the Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square and enter the promo code ‘4RARRO’.

I encourage as many members of the association as possible to attend this event on the 50th anniversary of the Battle. It will be a wonderful opportunity to remember those who were killed and wounded and reflect on what was for B and D companies a very close call. Also, it will be an occasion to catch up with people whom you would have seen had the reunion proceeded as planned.

To give us an idea of how many will be attending it would be good if you could let Wendy McLean, our Secretary, know by close of business, Friday 17 September. Telephone 0417 715 979 Email:[email protected]

Thank you, I look forward to seeing you on the 21st.
Kind regards.
Noel Fairley