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Remembering Australia's service and sacrifice in Vietnam
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Sunday, 18 August 2013 VA068
REMEMBERING AUSTRALIA’S SERVICE AND SACRIFICE IN VIETNAM
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, today urged all Australians to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of almost 60,000 men and women who served in the Vietnam War.
During the Vietnam War 521 Australians were killed and more than 3,000 were wounded over a decade of hostilities.
Ceremonies held around Australia today will honour the service and sacrifice of these brave men and women.
Mr Snowdon said Vietnam Veterans’ Day marks the anniversary of one of Australia’s most significant actions in the War, the Battle of Long Tan.
On 18 August 1966, while patrolling the Long Tan rubber plantation, Australian troops primarily from Delta Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and three New Zealand soldiers were attacked by a large and strong force of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops.
By the end of the Battle, 18 Australians had been killed and a further 24 were wounded. This was the greatest loss of Australian lives in a single battle during the war.
“Today we acknowledge the service of all those who fought and died in the Vietnam War, including the families of those killed and the veterans who still carry the physical and mental scars of their service today,” Mr Snowdon said.
A national Vietnam Veterans’ Day service will be held in Canberra today at 12 noon at the Australian National Vietnam Forces Memorial on Anzac Parade, Canberra.
Details of services in other states can be sourced from local RSLs or Vietnam veterans organisations.
For more information on the Vietnam War visit http://vietnam-war.commemoration.gov.au
Media inquiries: Minister Snowdon: Marcus Butler 0417 917 796 Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203