Commemorating Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

Today honours the 60,000 Australians who served in the Vietnam War, including the 521 who lost their lives.

Vietnam Veterans Day is commemorated annually on 18 August and this year it marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said the Vietnam War was a defining period in Australian history.

“Today is an opportunity for veterans and the community to stand side-by-side, remembering the service and sacrifice of those who served in Vietnam,” Mr Porter said.

“We are proud of the men and women who did their duty and I encourage everyone in the Pearce community to pause and remember Australia’s efforts and sacrifice during the Vietnam War.”

A National Service will be held at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial in Canberra today, attended by the Governor-General, Prime Minister, other dignitaries, and over 400 veterans – including around 100 who fought during the Battle of Long Tan – and members of the Australian public.