Long Tan Day | Vietnam Veterans' Day 2019
Also known as Long Tan Day, Vietnam Veterans' Day falls on 18 August each year.
The Vietnam War was Australia's longest military engagement of the 20th century. Almost 60,000 Australians fought in the war and more than 500 lost their lives. Originally known as Long Tan Day, Vietnam Veterans Day is commemorated on 18 August every year.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, where 108 brave young men from D Company 6RAR resisted an attack of 1,500-2,500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. It would become one of the most extraordinary chapters in Australia's military history.
Vietnam Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony 2019
Sunday 18 August 2019, 11:00am
Wreath Laying on the Forecourt
18 August is the Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan (1966) in which the heavily outnumbered men of D Company, 6 Royal Australian Regiment fought a fierce battle against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation close to the village of Long Tan.
In 1969, veterans of 6RAR installed a memorial cross and held a service at Long Tan to commemorate the battle.
Over time this day became synonymous with all those who served and died in Vietnam, and in 1987, Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced that Long Tan Day would be known as Vietnam Veterans Day.
When & Where
Date: Sunday 18th August 2019
Venue || Location
Shrine of Remembrance Events 10 Events
⊜ Corner St Kilda Road and Domain Road Melbourne | Map
✆ Event: 03 9661 8100 | Venue: 03 9661 8100
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