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Vietnam Veterans Day



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AMANDA RISHWORTH MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT SHADOW MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL

MEMBER FOR KINGSTON

THE HON RICHARD MARLES MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MEMBER FOR CORIO

VIETNAM VETERANS DAY

Today on Vietnam Veterans Day we remember and pay tribute to all of the brave men and women who fought in the Vietnam War.

Australia began its involvement in the Vietnam War in 1962 and would withdraw from Vietnam eleven years later in 1973.

Originally known as Long Tan Day, Vietnam Veterans Day is a day to remember the service and sacrifice of Australians during the Vietnam War.

It has been 52 years since the Battle of Long Tan took place in which 18 Australians lost their lives and 24 were wounded, the largest number of casualties in one operation since the Australian task force arrived only months earlier.

This year we also remember the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral which took place 50 years ago.

There were more than 60,000 Australia ground troops, air force and navy personnel who served in Vietnam; of these 521 Australian soldiers died and more than 3,000 were injured.

Australians come together today to honour and pay tribute to all the Australians who served our country.

SATURDAY, 18 AUGUST 2018

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