FINISHING TOUCHES…Husband-and-wife team Richard and Marilyn Brine have given their time to help put the finishing touches to the room housing the Huey helicopter.
THE Returned Services League sub-branch is putting the finishing touches to the new home of its prized 1970 Iroquois helicopter – better known as Huey.
Volunteers have been busy cleaning the huge glass-fronted room that houses the helicopter. The area has been dedicated to the Vietnam War era.
Sub-branch president Haydn Madigan said the helicopter would be complemented with a video screen showing footage of the Vietnam War as well as an honour wall of Vietnam
veterans with their “dog tags”.
He said there would also be a computer which would provide visitors with details about the names of the veterans and where and why they died.
Mr Madigan said the paved floor included a horseshoe design which featured the names of veterans.
“The reason we did this is that in Vietnam there was an area we fought in referred to as ‘The Horseshoe’,” he said.
“Outside this paved area there are other veterans featured on pavers who were involved in other conflicts as well as pavers with the names of civilians and businesses.”
He said pavers were still available to be bought until the opening of the new display on August 16. All money raised will benefit the sub-branch.
Mr Madigan paid tribute to the volunteers who have spent many hours helping the sub-branch – not only in the preparation for the opening, but the general day-to-day operations.
“We have museum volunteers who help us as well as bar volunteers,” he said.
“A lot of these volunteers are not veterans. They just want to be involved.
“We would not be able to do what we do without them.”
TRIBUTE TUNE AT CEREMONY
THE singer with folk group Redgum, well known for the song I Was Only 19, will perform the Vietnam veterans’ tribute tuneat the opening of the Huey Museum on August 16.
John Schumann was lead vocalist-guitarist when the band relea-sed the song in 1983.
Port Pirie’s Returned Services League sub-branch president Haydn Madigan said the opening ceremony would be at the Port Pirie Harness Racing Club car park on The Terrace, opposite the museum.
He said the opening, at 11am, would be a public event and would feature music by the Royal Aust-ralian Navy band.
Official unveiling of plaques would be performed by navy Rear Admiral Clint Thomas, Royal Australian Air Force Flight Lieutenant Robert Andrew MacIntosh and Victorian Cross recipient Keith Payne.
This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.