Vietnam Veterans Day, The Cenotaph
The Cenotaph, Martin Place
Sunday 18 August at 11am
- RSL NSW
- 1300 679 775
About This Event
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam on 18 August 1966.
The Battle of Long Tan is the most recognised Australian battle of the Vietnam War. In a decade-long war that, for the most part, consisted of small contacts, Long Tan was one of the exceptions.
On this day in 1966, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2,000 North Vietnamese and Vietnamese Communist troops in a rubber plantation not far from the small village of Long Tan. The Australians prevailed, but only after fighting in torrential rain for four hours. They were nearly overrun, but were saved by a timely ammunition resupply, accurate artillery fire from the nearby Australian base, and the arrival of reinforcements by armoured personnel carrier.
Eighteen Australians lost their lives and 24 were wounded, the largest number of casualties in one operation since the Australian task force had arrived a few months earlier. After the battle the bodies of 245 enemy soldiers were found.
On 18 August we gather to remember and respect all those Australians that served during the Vietnam war; those who gave the ultimate sacrifice; those who returned and were forever scarred; and those who cared for our veterans.