National service call

A RETURN of national service for young unemployed people would be a good thing, according to Scottsdale RSL sub-branch president Bruce Scott.

Following the Anzac Day morning commemorative service attended by about 450 people, the Vietnam veteran, who served from 1969 to 1970, said he was called up for national service and it may be an option for young people looking for work.

``It would be a great thing and it would probably teach them some skills they could use later in the workforce,'' Mr Scott said.

``It's only some young people who are difficult: most young people are very keen to be productive in their communities.

``National service would teach them respect but also discipline.

``Discipline is one of the most important things, and the earlier the better for everyone.''

Mr Scott and his two granddaughters, Zoe, 8, and Mia, 6, led the short parade from the RSL to the town's Cenotaph, and he described it as one of the proudest moments of his life.

``It's also the first time they've marched with me,'' he said.

Although only a small number of veterans marched, they were supported by members of the Scottsdale Fire Station and football club.

Sub-branch executive officer and fellow Vietnam veteran David Ezzy said the turnout to the services was the largest he'd seen since 1976. ``Seeing the larger crowds is one of the most heartening aspects - that we have got young people involved and interested,'' Mr Ezzy said.

About 300 people are understood to have attended the dawn service at Scottsdale.

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