REPATRIATION CEREMONY: Australian Defence Force personnel carry the servicemen’s remains from the two Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft at RAAF base Richmond.
REPATRIATION CEREMONY: Australian Defence Force personnel carry the servicemen’s remains from the two Royal Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster aircraft at RAAF base Richmond. DAN Himbrechtsaap

Aussie soldiers’ remains welcomed home at last

THE remains of 33 Australian service personnel and dependents buried in Malaysian and Singaporean military cemeteries were welcomed back to Australia yesterday.

Hundreds gathered at RAAF Richmond base near Sydney for one of the nation's largest single military repatriations ever.

There were 21 Vietnam veterans; three servicemen and eight dependents from Terendak Military Cemetery in Malaysia and a Vietnam veteran from Kranji Military Cemetery in Singapore.

Numerous Vietnam veterans attended the ceremony held yesterday morning.

Veterans' Affairs Minister Dan Tehan said the Australian Government made a repatriation offer to families.

"Several made the decision not to bring their loved ones home, and I am sure Australians will respect that decision and appreciate it was not made lightly," he said.


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