Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan, will mark Vietnam Veterans’ Day by attending commemoration services in Wodonga and Wangaratta on Thursday.
On the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966) it is timely to acknowledge the courage Australian and New Zealand soldiers exhibited during the Vietnam War.
“To the veterans of Indi, those who perished while serving, those who returned and have now passed on, and those who remain cherished members of our communities, we thank you for your dedicated service in our armed forces,” Ms McGowan said.
“And to those who are serving around the world at present, we pray for your safe return and our thoughts are with you and your families on this day.”
The Battle of Long Tan is one of the most well-known Australian engagements of the Vietnam War. During the battle 108 ANZACS fought against up to 2500 Viet Congs. The battle was one of the heaviest conflicts of the Vietnam War as well as one the few battles in the recorded history of the world to be won against such odds. Eighteen Australians were killed and 24 wounded in the battle.
“From the comfort of our homes and the distance of time, it’s hard to imagine what our soldiers endured,” Ms McGowan said.
“I encourage everyone to be part of the activities planned in their community to honour and remember those lives lost and forever changed by the Battle of Long Tan and the Vietnam War.”