We will remember them: Vietnam Veterans’ Day at Wynnum RSL - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

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A war rages on in a distant land, a land weathered by monsoonal rains and thick jungles, harbouring an enemy like no other.

More than 60,000 Australians served in the Vietnam War for almost nine years, the longest conflict of the 20th century, ranging from 1962 to 1973. During this time, a small platoon of Australian and New Zealand troops took part in the most defining battle of the war, The Battle of Long Tan.

On the 18th of August 1966, a brutal campaign roared on in the fields of a decimated rubber plantation in heavy rain against an enemy that outnumbered them 10 to one. Despite being surrounded and despite the heavy artillery fire, the Allies pushed back. Supplies ran low, and the thick fog shrouded the troops from reinforcements; the gunfire and thunder rang throughout the day. As the sun eventually disappeared beyond the horizon, the sounds of silence filtered through the air. The battle was over, and we had won. Acts of extraordinary heroism were evident on this day and throughout the entirety of the Vietnam War.

During this conflict, Australian troops fought fiercely alongside our American Allies to triumph over the enemy. However, such a victory did not come without loss: 3000 returned injured, and 521 Australians gave their lives. Our nation will never forget the bravery and spirit of our soldiers during this time. We honour and respect their courage.

Vietnam Veterans’ Day is commemorated annually on the 18th of August. The Wynnum RSL Club will be holding a Wreath Laying Ceremony and Service; please arrive at 10.30am for an 11.00am start. If you would like to lay a wreath, please email [email protected].

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them.

Lest We Forget.

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