Long Tan Day (Vietnam Veteran's Day) - 18 Aug 2007

On Saturday, 18 Aug, Vietnam Veterans' commemorated the 31st Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. The battle occurred in a rubber plantation in the Phuoc Tuy province near Nui Dat when, D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, consisting of some 120 soldiers were engaged by the Viet Cong 275 Regiment numbering some 2,500 personnel. The aftermath of the battle resulted in 18 Australian's KIA, and 24 WIA. The Viet Cong suffered over 240 KIA.

The ceremony was held at the Shrine of Rememberance in Melbourne at midday. The President of the Victorian Branch of the APPVA, Mr Matt Burke, OAM was invited to lay a wreath at the Shrine and pay homage to all who had paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

On Sunday, the 19th, a service was held at the St Kilda Uniting Church, in rememberance of war and our fallen.

Matt Burke about to lay the APPVA wreath. In the background, laying a wreath is
Alan Field (President of the Vietnam Veterans' Federation - Vic Branch)

Matt Burke
0408 307 824