• Hannah Phillips

Supporting our Vietnam Veterans this Saturday

Vietnam Veterans Day is a day for all to remember and reflect all the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served during the Vietnam War: 1962-1975.

Originally being known as Long Tan Day, after the 1987 Welcome Home Parade for Vietnam Veterans in Sydney, Prime Minister at the time, Bob Hawke announced that Long Tan Day would from then be known as Vietnam Veterans Day.

2018 commemorates a number of 50th anniversaries of battles that were fought by Australians in Vietnam.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester will pay his respects to all those who served in the Vietnam War, laying a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day Service at the National Australian Vietnam Forces Memorial, ANZAC Parade, in Canberra this weekend.

The Vic state Government is assisting this weekend with the allowance of free public transport to the Shrine of Remembrance and local commemoration services.

To receive the free travel services this Saturday, August 18, Veterans and war widows are encouraged to wear their medals, and members of the Australian Defence Force to wear uniform or show their badge.

School students, cadets, scouts, guides and band members in uniform attending commemorative services are also eligible for free travel.

Extensions of this will be granted to regional public transport areas for those traveling on V/Line train, coach services and regional buses.

For more information about Vietnam Veterans association head to vvaa.org.au

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