Today, on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
We honour the 521 Australians who made the ultimate sacrifice, and the thousands wounded in combat who carry the scars of service both seen and unseen.
Of the 60,000 Australians who served, around 15,000 were conscripted through the National Service Scheme.
Upon return home, Vietnam veterans were not honoured for their service. In the decades since their homecoming, they have successfully petitioned for services and support to our veterans. We thank them for that important work and legacy.
That work has built a better future for the new generation of Australians who have seen war and peacekeeping service.
Today also marks the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, one of the biggest and costliest battles fought by Australians in the jungles of Vietnam.
Today we remember and thank our Vietnam veterans for their service to our country in war, and for their ongoing service to our community in peace.
Lest we forget.
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