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Posted: Sat, 5 Oct 2002 11:59  Thousands take part in march honouring Vietnam veterans

Thousands of people have come from around the country to take part in a parade honouring Australia's Vietnam veterans in Canberra.

The Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial has also been officially rededicated this morning.

Vietnam Veterans Association spokesman Pete Ryan says since the 1987 Welcome Home Parade, the veterans have been taking steps to regain their rightful place in Australian society.

He says that process moved forward with the original dedication of the memorial on Anzac Parade ten years ago.

"Ten years have passed since then and it's time that veterans took another step forward," Mr. Ryan said.

"There were a lot of veterans who didn't go to the other two services and that's why this one is particularly important, so that those who haven't been before can come forward and stand up and be counted proudly as Vietnam veterans," he said.