Big crowd attends Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day

Marching together: The parade featured many Vietnamese who travelled from Sydney to participate and observe the memorial service.
Marching together: The parade featured many Vietnamese who travelled from Sydney to participate and observe the memorial service.
Youthful presence: Isabella Valle and Tia Foley lead the St Thomas Aquinas Primary School contingent in the memorial parade in front of principal Sergio Rosato and students James Glasson and Dylan O'Flanagan.

Youthful presence: Isabella Valle and Tia Foley lead the St Thomas Aquinas Primary School contingent in the memorial parade in front of principal Sergio Rosato and students James Glasson and Dylan O'Flanagan.

The view from up high: Caelan Crisp, 8, of Springwood had the perfect vantage point for the memorial parade along Macquarie Road.

The view from up high: Caelan Crisp, 8, of Springwood had the perfect vantage point for the memorial parade along Macquarie Road.

Remembering them: Member for Macquarie Louise Markus and Member for Blue Mountains Trish Doyle approach Springwood war memorial to pay their respects.

Remembering them: Member for Macquarie Louise Markus and Member for Blue Mountains Trish Doyle approach Springwood war memorial to pay their respects.

Saluting all who served: Members of the catafalque party, from the School of Military Engineering, performing their official duties at the memorial service.

Saluting all who served: Members of the catafalque party, from the School of Military Engineering, performing their official duties at the memorial service.

Standing tall: Cullyn Mohekuy, 11, with Private Delisle Lowsley and Sergeant Shannon Shores from the School of Military Engineering.

Standing tall: Cullyn Mohekuy, 11, with Private Delisle Lowsley and Sergeant Shannon Shores from the School of Military Engineering.

Guest of honour: Governor of NSW and former chief of the Australian Defence Force, David Hurley, begins his address at Springwood war memorial on Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans and Associated Forces Memorial Day last Sunday.

Guest of honour: Governor of NSW and former chief of the Australian Defence Force, David Hurley, begins his address at Springwood war memorial on Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans and Associated Forces Memorial Day last Sunday.

One of the largest crowds in years for a Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans and Associated Forces Memorial Day filled all corners of the park surrounding Springwood war memorial on Sunday, where NSW Governor David Hurley - a former chief of the Australian Defence Force - was guest of honour.

Governor Hurley said he had grown up in the shadow of the Vietnam War and began his long, distinguished military career at the Royal Military College in Duntroon being trained by Vietnam War veterans - "some of the finest" - who inspired him no end.

"In the immediate aftermath of the Vietnam War we went through what soldiers today call the long peace - about 15 years of non-operational service - but the professionalism of the group [who served in Vietnam] drove us into the future," Governor Hurley said.

"And it can be seen in the performance of the ADF today and over the last two decades of operational deployment, from Namibia, Somalia and East Timor, to Iraq and Afghanistan.

"You have taught us a lot, your generation, what it was like to be Anzacs, because in your service in Vietnam you lived up to the tradition of the Anzac spirit and you handed that on.

"We all know that you did not receive justice for your service. But I hope that you are all well aware that the Australian community holds you in the greatest regard.

"Your service was noble, you served for your mates and you've taught us a lot after Vietnam about how to look after your mates."

Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans and Associated Forces president Peter Jones said Governor Hurley's presence was very much appreciated.

"He did a very good job and I thought he delivered a brilliant speech," Mr Jones said.