On the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, an Andrews Labor Government will give our Vietnam Veterans the welcome home they always deserved.

Labor will fund a parade to recognise the efforts of our soldiers, and the sacrifice of their comrades, to be held on the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on August 18, 2016.

A $1 million grant will be provided to the Victorian Branch of the Returned Services League (RSL) to organise the parade and work with Victorian schools to allow students from across the state to attend.

Quotes attributable to Ms Graley;

“The Ceremony at Berwick was attended by hundreds of community members and school children.”

“It was a moving service with an exceptional main address delivered by RSL member Colin Tidball.”

“It was terrific to see so many school children participating, especially the student leaders from Nossal. Nossal High School students Krishan and Aria eloquently addressed the audience.”

“I expect that all RSL members, many of whom are Vietnam Veterans will warmly welcome Labors announcement that will finally ensure our Vietnam Veterans get the recognition they deserve.”

Key Facts

  • Judith Graley MP attended the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Berwick
  • The RSL will organise the parade in consultation with the Department of Education to facilitate the attendance of school children from around the state.
  • The Battle of Long Tan was one of the largest and most heroic battles fought by Australians in the Vietnam War. Eighteen Australians were killed, with more wounded in action.
  • During the battle, the 108 men of D Company – surrounded by the enemy, short of ammunition and buried in a torrential downpour – repelled an estimated 2,500 Viet Cong.