ANZAC day means so much to many Australians, but especially for those served for our nation, such as Blacktown Hospital volunteer Warren Coupland.
At 20-years-old, a young Warren was conscripted by the Australian Government and ordered to serve in the Australian Army or national service as it was known.
He was thankful he was completing an apprenticeship as a mechanic which bought him an extra 18 months as a civilian.
His dedication and commitment still serves our community as Warren is now a Blacktown Hospital wayfinder volunteer. He helps people navigate their way around the hospital to visit family or friends.
As an engaged 22-year-old fellow Warren was shipped off to Vietnam where shortly after arriving he received a ‘Dear John’ letter from his beloved and was shocked by the ending of this relationship.
Appointed as a radio signaller for the 12th Field Regiment which was an Artillery Unit, he was responsible for calling in extra troops in the midst of combat.
Having served for 10.5 months in Vietnam it’s a period in Warren’s life he will never forget.
“I fought in combat at least three or four times and not seriously involved, but it’s still something that never leaves you,” Mr Coupland said.
“I still recall the faces of all the men who served and had fallen.
“I was grateful when the prime minister at the time, Gough Whitlam, pulled us out of Vietnam in 1971.
“ANZAC day is a special day for me – it gets me emotional when I think back to what happened and that it shouldn’t of happened and why.
“It’s a time when I catch up with the boys at the pub, have a beer and play a bit of two-up and I love to watch the marches on TV and socialise with my friends.”