John Benyon Rotary Park Unveils New Plaque to Honour Vietnam Veterans from Kenthurst and Annangrove

Kenthurst Rotary recently hosted an unveiling of a new plaque in John Benyon Rotary Park to honour the service of those from Kenthurst and Annangrove who fought in the Vietnam war.

The plaque is situated alongside other plaques honouring those who fought in the World Wars, Korea, Malaya, and Vietnam, as well as those involved in UN Peacekeeping.

The plaque lists the names of Kenthurst locals who served in Vietnam – James Birch, Ronald Prager, and Allan Johnston.

The unveiling event was attended by members of the community, Rotary members, and family and friends of those honoured by the plaque, some of whom had travelled from Queensland for the event.

The event was also attended by Julian Leeser MP, the Federal Member for Berowra and as well as Mayor of Hills Shire Council, Dr Peter Gangemi, alongside other local councillors.

Julian Leeser MP reflected on the importance of this event.

John Benyon Rotary Park Unveils New Plaque to Honour Vietnam Veterans from Kenthurst and Annangrove
Julian Leeser, Mayor Gangemi, and families at John Benyon Rotary Park

“It was wonderful to see the Kenthurst and Annangrove communities, alongside the families of those who fought in Vietnam, come together on this important occasion.”

“It was also fitting that the ceremony was held soon after Remembrance Day, when we take time to remember all those who have fought and died in the protection of our country.”

Paul Rapp, one of the Directors of the Kenthurst Rotary Club, helped to organise the event and noted the importance of the event for the community.

“The Vietnam plaque placement on our memorial at the John Benyon Rotary Park was long overdue.”

“We must honour all soldiers who came from Kenthurst to fight for our country in all wars.”

“Malcom Johnston was the driver behind the establishment of this plaque, as his brother was one of the soldiers who went to Vietnam. Without Malcom’s drive, the contribution of our local soldiers would still be forgotten.”