Heroes of long battle

The third memorial service for The Battle Coral/Balmoral took place at Ingleburn RSL Club. Picture: Simon Bennett

The third memorial service for The Battle Coral/Balmoral took place at Ingleburn RSL Club. Picture: Simon Bennett

The third memorial service for The Battle Coral/Balmoral took place at Ingleburn RSL Club. Picture: Simon Bennett

The third memorial service for The Battle Coral/Balmoral took place at Ingleburn RSL Club. Picture: Simon Bennett

The third memorial service for The Battle Coral/Balmoral took place at Ingleburn RSL Club. Picture: Simon Bennett

The third memorial service for The Battle Coral/Balmoral took place at Ingleburn RSL Club. Picture: Simon Bennett

The third memorial service for The Battle Coral/Balmoral took place at Ingleburn RSL Club. Picture: Simon Bennett

The third memorial service for The Battle Coral/Balmoral took place at Ingleburn RSL Club. Picture: Simon Bennett

INGLEBURN recently stopped to commemorate the Diggers who lost their lives in Australia's longest and most costly battle in the Vietnam War.

More than 200 people gathered at Ingleburn RSL for the third memorial service held at the club to mark the 1968 battles of Coral and Balmoral fire support bases.

Australian, New Zealand and American troops fought off a series of attacks over 25 days from the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops near Saigon in May and June 1968.

A Black Hawk helicopter flew over to mark the occasion.

Ingleburn RSL Sub-branch president Ray James said it was an important occasion for the community.

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