50th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Long Tan
VVAA VICTORIAN BRANCH PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR 2016
TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN
Vietnam Veterans will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 2016. This is significant anniversary for Vietnam Veterans and the Victorian Branch (the Branch) will conduct a number of activities during the year to mark the occasion, and to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Vietnam veterans during the Vietnam War.
Some activities have commenced while others will be conducted over the remainder of the 2016 year.
The focus of these activities is to provide opportunities for Vietnam veterans and their families, Vietnamese veterans and the Victorian Vietnamese community, the wider ex-service community and the people of Victoria to come together to acknowledge and commemorate the service and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans by participating in the activities.
Secondary Schools History Competition Nov – May 16
In consultation with the Victorian History Teachers Association, and Department of Premier and Cabinet, a history competition for years 10 and 11 Victorian secondary school students, modelled on the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Competition. The topic relates to the Vietnam War and the ANZAC spirit. The winning entrants will have the opportunity to travel to Vietnam on a guided tour, including a visit to the Long Tan memorial.
ANZAC Day – 25th April 2016
Vietnam Veterans to lead the ANZAC Day march in Melbourne and Geelong.
Civic Reception – 6 July 2016 NGV
A Civic Reception be conducted at the National Gallery of Victoria. The history competition winners will be announced and acknowledged. The commemorative quilt will be displayed. A Vietnam War inspired musical composition will be performed, Vietnam era entertainers and a selected high school string quartet will perform. Members of the Vietnamese community will be included. Guest list raised in consultation with Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Vietnam Veterans Day-Veteran March and Service – 18 August 2016
A march on St Kilda Road and commemorative event at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. Re-enactment of the placing of the Long Tan Cross in Vietnam in 1969. White crosses for the 521 made by Vietnam veterans, a hand-made poppy and Australian flag will be placed on the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance by primary school students. Invitation list to include the Governor of Victoria, Premier, senior US and NZ consular staff, senior ADF and ex-service representatives.
AFL Themed Match – 21 August 2016
Request for AFL to conduct a Vietnam veteran themed match at the MCG close to Vietnam Veterans’ day. Significant support from AFL clubs and Vietnam Veterans who have played VFL football has been received. Suggested Western Bulldogs v Essendon Ethihad Stadium 440pm
Church Service of Thanksgiving, St Paul’s Cathedral – 5th October 2016
A non-denominational service at the Melbourne Cathedral.
National Vietnam Veterans Museum Open Day – 5th November 2016
Community open day at the Museum to include dedication of plaques, unveiling of new exhibits, presentation of commemorative quilt. Ride in by VetRide 2016 cyclists, entertainment. Vietnamese Veterans and Vietnamese community involved.
Family Day Seymour Racecourse – 19 November 2016
Family day for the wider Victorian based Vietnam Veteran community to close the year. Activities for all ages included. Special entry prices, races appropriately named, special transport arrangements with PTV. Transport to/from Seymour Commemorative Walk.
Enquiries to: Ken Baker (Chairman, 50th Anniversary Commemorations Committee) Telephone 03 5421 1813,
Mobile 0409 586 669 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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