Vietnam Veterans’ Day 2012

20 08 2012

Pocketbook - Vietnam

August 18th commemorates the Battle of Long Tan and has now been adopted by all veterans as Vietnam Veterans’ Day in Australia.

The Battle of Long Tan was fought in 1962 and saw an 108 man Australian battalion (Delta Coy) clash with more than two thousand Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops in South Vietnam.  The Australians prevailed, but lost 18 men.  It was the largest loss of life in one operation since Australia’s involvement began and is often seen as the defining moment of Australia’s involvement in the war.

Sixty thousand Australians served in Vietnam.  Countless people at home and abroad continue to feel the ricochet of that war today.

2012 is a year for even deeper reflection as it marks 50 years since the deployment of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (known as “the team”) arriving in South Vietnam on 3rd August 1962. It is also 40 years since our main forces cam home.

Field Book – Pte Peter Mansell – 7 RAR (1970)

On this day here at home, and right around the world, Australians gather to remember.  Above all, we honour those who gave their lives in Vietnam, and whose sacrifice in Australia’s name will never be forgotten.  It is not to glorify war but to remember the comradeship, support, courage and sacrifice of those around the world who fought, those who supported them, those who died and those who still feel the loss today.

Vietnam Service Medals

Lest we forget


Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2012

25 04 2012

WWII - Service Medals, Pacific Star and RAAF Pay book

ANZAC Day (25 April) marks the anniversary of the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The soldiers in these forces quickly became known as ANZACs  and the pride they took in the name endures to this day.

Today we recognise 25 April as an occasion of national remembrance for all those who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions. We too remember the sacrifices of their families who supported them through such difficult times.

ANZAC - Desert Mounted Corps Memorial. Albany, Western Australia

The Desert Mounted Corps and the rest of the first detachment of the Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Expeditionary Force became known as the ANZACS and left Albany in a convoy of ships in November 1914 to join World War I. This memorial is a copy returned to Australia from Egypt and erected on Mt Clarence, overlooking King George Sound.

Across King George Sound and Princess Harbour, Albany.

As dawn rose over Albany on 1 November 1914, thirty eight ships of the fleet with thirty thousand troops and 7500 horses were aboard, waiting to sail into history, through the islands and on to an ‘adventure’ on the other side of the world. This would be their last view of Australia, and the final view for those who did not return.

Old Fort Building: Albany, Western Australia.

We will remember them:

Second Boer War | World War I | World War II | Korean War | Malayan Emergency | Indonesian Confrontation | Vietnam War | War in Somalia | East Timor | Solomon Islands | War in Afghanistan | Iraq War |

Some fellow bloggers have also posted ANZAC tributes:

Lest we forget

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