Vietnam Veterans Day

When: 18th Aug 2018 10:30am-2:00pm

Batemans Bay

Batemans Bay Vietnam War Memorial, Apex Park, Beach Rd, Batemans Bay.

  • 10:30am Fly Over.
  • 11:30 Service.
  • Cadets will raise and lower the flags while the Catafalque party is from Harman. The Veterans Motorcycle Club will also be attending.
  • Lunch is at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club ($25.00 per person). All are welcome. Bookings are strongly recommended. Please call Kaye Richards on 4471 6331.
  • Counterfeit Cash, a band made up from members of the Veterans Motorcycle Club, will be attending.

All are welcome. For more information, please call 4474 2362.

Narooma

The Memorial Service starts at 10:30am at the Cenotaph at Club Narooma, Princes Hwy, Narooma.

All are welcome.

Background

The day was originally known as Long Tan Day, chosen to commemorate the men of D Company, 6PAR who fought in the battle of Long Tan 1966. On the day, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation not far from the small village of Long Tan.

Following the very successful Welcome Home parade for Vietnam veterans in Sydney, Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced that Long Tan Day would be known as Vietnam Veterans Day. Since then, it has been commemorated every year as the day on which the service of all those men and women who served in Vietnam is remembered.