Friday 18 August is Vietnam Veterans Day and also the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. This was the most significant Australian battle of the Vietnam War, where a rifle company of 108 withstood, for four hours, repeated mass attacks from a Viet Cong force estimated at 2,500.
The first Commemorative service will be held this afternoon at the ACT Veterans Memorial on Ainslie Avenue & London Circuit at 4 pm, followed by the traditional Long Tan Memorial Service at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on Anzac Parade at 10 am tomorrow.
A wide range of activities, centred on the Australian War Memorial, will run over the weekend.
On the 40th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan, 18 August 2006, we salute all Vietnam Veterans.
Lest We Forget.
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