Friday August 18 is Vietnam Veterans’ Day.
It marks the 51st Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, which was fought by members of ‘D’ Company, 6 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. On that day, the battle between our soldiers and elements of the PAVN 5th division and D445 Battalion saw 18 Australian soldiers die and over 245 of the enemy.
Vietnam Veterans commemorate ALL Australia’s Vietnam War Dead on this day each year. They remember Australians who fought and died, and those who served in the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1972.
Over 59,000 Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses and civilians served in Vietnam. Over 515 of them died; including 482 soldiers,18 airmen and eight sailors; and seven Australian civilians also died. The civilians were mostly attached to surgical and medical teams. Wounded servicemen numbered 3129.
The Vietnam War Memorial Service will be held at the Dorrigo Monument at 5pm on Friday August 18. All veterans (World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam), families and friends, and members of the Ex-Service community and the public are invited to attend the Service. Please bring your own floral tributes.
After the Service, veterans are invited to gather at the Dorrigo Memorial RSL Club for fellowship.