Vietnam Veterans’ Day Legacy Remembered

TOMORROW Australians across the country are encouraged to commemorate the service of all those who served in the Vietnam War and the Battle of Long Tan.
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said Australians should pause and reflect on the bravery, teamwork and endurance that was displayed throughout the battle and wider war.
“Almost 60,000 Australians served during the Vietnam War, and tragically 521 of them died with a further 3,000 wounded,” Mr Chester said.
“Tomorrow, 18 August, we commemorate Vietnam Veterans Day and the 53rd anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, where we remember the sacrifices of those who died and say thank you to all those who served.”
The Battle of Long Tan took place in a rubber plantation not far from the small village of Long Tan and is widely known as one of the fiercest battles fought by Australian soldiers, who faced wet and muddy conditions due to torrential rain and the loss of their radios.
We also remember the actions of more than 100 Australian and New Zealand soldiers who were vastly outnumbered, facing a force of 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops,” Mr Chester said.
“Tragically, some 18 Australians died and more than 20 were wounded. This was the largest number of casualties in one operation since the Australian task force had arrived a few months earlier.
“This Battle formed a significant part of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War – a decade long campaign.”
Later today Minister Chester will attend the Vietnam Remembrance Service held at the Sale RSL Sub Branch, laying a wreath to pay tribute to all those who served in the Vietnam War.
The legacy of Australia’s Vietnam veterans is still felt by those in the ex-service community today. Vietnam veterans were vital in the establishment of the Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service, now known as Open Arms — Veterans & Families Counselling, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Long Tan Bursary scheme which provides education funding support.
Open Arms has been operational for more than 35 years and is a life-saving service that provides free and confidential counselling, group treatment programs, suicide prevention training and a community and peer network to support mental health and wellbeing in the ex-service community.
Tomorrow, applications for the Long Tan Bursary Scheme 2020 academic year will open. The scheme provides funding to help eligible children, and now grandchildren of Australian Vietnam veterans, meet the cost of post secondary education.
Thirty-seven bursaries, each worth up to $12,000 over three years of continuous full-time study, are awarded annually to successful applicants across Australia. Applications close on 31 October 2019.
To find out if you are eligible for the Long Tan Bursary scheme, please visit the DVA website HERE.
To find out more about Vietnam Veterans Day, please visit the Anzac Portal website.
If this anniversary causes distressing memories or feelings for you, or someone you know, please call Open Arms on 1800 011 046.

Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling, provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au HERE

Memorial Service – Lcpl Martin Bink 9 RAR Svn – 5 Nov 2019

The RARA ACT will be holding a Memorial Service for Marty Bink in Canberra on 5 Nov 19. He was a member of Anti Tk/Trackers when he was KIA on 05 Nov 69. He was the Battalion’s last Battle Casualty whilst doing ‘protection’ for the Engineer Land Clearing Team down on the Light Green – East of Dat Do

It would be appreciated if you could pass the details on your networks to as many of Marty’s friends, comrades, family, other interested parties, and especially Spt Coy members, as soon as possible.

Details are-

·        Event – 50th Anniversary Memorial Service for L/Cpl Marty Bink, Spt Coy, 9RAR

·        Venue – Armed Services Section Woden Cemetery, ACT

·        Date – Tue 05 Nov 19

·        Time – 1100h

·        Dress – 9RAR tie and medals, as appropriate

·        Afters – Canberra Southern Cross Club, 92 Corinna St Woden starting 1145h. (Lunch & drinks at own cost)

·        Attendance – Please advise if you are attending ASAP. Some of Marty’s family will be attending.

·        Contact – Tony Daniels – [email protected] , 0419400543

Invitation – Boer War Commemoration Service

Boer War Commemoration Service, Sunday 26th May 2019 at 10:00am at The Boer War Memorial ‘The Scout’ ANZAC Square, Adelaide Street.  

This is the 120th Year, since war was declared 11th October, 1899.

Gordon Bold Chairman BWAQ
Email:    [email protected] Web:      www.bwm.org.au

‘Fathers of ANZACs’, the legacy – Their sacrifice, our encouragement. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.

Opinion – Respecting National Sensitivities

The decision to move this year’s Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day commemorations in northern France from dawn to mid morning caused outrage. PM Scott Morrison has since reversed this decision but was that the right thing to do?

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Invitation – 42 FOR 42 AFGHANISTAN MEMORIAL LUNCHEON

You are invited to a luncheon at the QLD Cricketers Club, East Brisbane, with guest speakers The Hon Dr Brendan Nelson, Director – Australian War Memorial and Darren Lehmann, past Australian test cricketer and Coach.

Event to be held on Friday, 15 March 2019 from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm (AEST) Queensland Cricketers’ Club
411 Vulture Street
East Brisbane, QLD 4169
Australia


It is a 2 course luncheon with beverages included. We will also be holding a monster raffle and auction.

All funds raised go towards the building of the Afghanistan War Memorial Garden in Brisbane. This will honour the 41 Fallen Veterans killed in action, the 42nd representing those that have lost the battle back home and all those that are still fighting the battle. The memorial will also tell the full story of the longest conflict Australian troops have ever fought in.

Please share this event on Facebook and Twitter. We hope you can join us.

ATTEND EVENT

Afghanistan War Memorial Garden 42 FOR 42.·MONDAY, 28 JANUARY 2019 42for42 is a not-for-profit organisation which was founded by ex-Army veterans whose aim is to help struggling veterans and their families by building a memorial dedicated to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The 42 stands for the 41 soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan, with the 42nd representing the soldiers we have lost and continue to lose to suicide, and those who have returned with injuries and mental illness. It is our vision and mission to build a Memorial Garden in the grounds of Suncorp Stadium beside the Anglican Church of Australia. This is a wonderful opportunity to show your pride, respect and honour to those that have fallen and walk tall beside their families and brothers-in-arms.

Share this event on Facebook and Twitter.We hope you can join us, Lest We Forget

Virtual Reality Brings Australian Remembrance Trail to Life

VIRTUAL reality technology and stunning 360-degree drone footage are bringing the Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front to Australians across the world, through an Anzac 360 app featuring interactive videos.
download 16The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Darren Chester, today launched the new app at the Sir John Monash Centre in France.
“While Gallipoli will be forever etched in our nation’s history, it was right here on the Western Front that we suffered our greatest losses during the First World War,” Mr Chester said.
“This new app and videos, developed in partnership with News Corp Australia and produced by Grainger Films, will allow all Australians, including our next generation of school children, to experience these sites from their classroom or at home in their living room.
“Most importantly, it allows those who cannot visit these sites in person the opportunity to feel like a visitor, but at the same time inspiring others to travel over here to France, or across the border in Belgium.”
“The partnership with News Corp Australia will allow us to take viewers on a journey by exploring Australia’s story on the Western Front through a present day lens and technology.”
Eight key sites and battles are explained, highlighting the challenges our troops faced some 100 years ago, from the well positioned enemy to the tactical decisions that had to be made, or moments of bravery that resulted in a Victoria Cross.
The clips merge 360-degree aerial and ground footage from the present day with period imagery, graphics and more.
“This year we have seen our nation commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battles in Le Hamel and Villers-Bretonneux, and also mark the opening of the Sir John Monash Centre, which covers just some of the topics and sites featured in these videos,” Mr Chester said.
“I encourage all Australians to download the app and view the videos, learn more about the Australian Remembrance Trail and in doing so, never forgetting our troops and what they did right here on the Western Front,” Mr Chester said.
The app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play- search Anzac 360.

10th November 2018

Anzac Day Service at Fort Benning USA

ANZAC Day ceremony in Fort Benning USA at the only memorial in the US that lists the names of Australian KIA. Listed are the names of 1 RAR Group members killed while serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade (SEP) in Vietnam in 1965-66.

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Parliament Constituent Appreciation – Maurie Pears

House debates
Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Steven Ciobo (Moncrieff, Liberal Party, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment)  | Hansard source

Official portrait Hon Hon Steven Ciobo MP

I rise to talk about a special community member from my electorate, who was recently awarded a prestigious medal from the Republic of Korea. Korean War veteran Maurie Pears received the Medal of Civil Merit from the ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Mr Kyoung-ha Woo, for his work as a patron of the Queensland Korean War veterans. The Medal of Civil Merit Medal is awarded by the Republic of Korea to one who has significantly contributed to public affairs and development in different areas for the common good.

I’ve had a long association with Maurie Pears. He’s been a tireless advocate for the Korean veterans community, being a chairman of the combined Korean communities and veterans community centre. It’s a great privilege to have had the opportunity to work with him on the Queensland Korean War Memorial at Cascade Gardens in my electorate. It is absolutely beautiful. Maurie and I led an initiative to have this monument declared as a military memorial of national significance. After a long campaign with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, we were able to secure the site as one of eight nationally recognised memorials in Australia—a first for Queensland.

Maurie was the driving force behind the construction of the memorial, which is now a reminder of the 18,000 Australian men and women who fought and a tribute to the 340 who failed to return home.

 

His contribution will ensure that those who served in the Korean War between 1950 and 1953 will never be forgotten. I cannot thank Maurie enough for his valuable work in the community for so many years. His dedicated service to our nation and to our local veteran community makes him a very well-deserved recipient of this award.

Maurie Pears epitomises the very best of our veteran community. Our ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen have made a profound contribution not only to the fabric of Australian society; people like Maurie, who keep on giving for the benefit of their community long into their retirement years, represent what I believe are the values that so many Australians hold near and dear.

For Maurie to be recognised by the Korean government is a testament to their gratitude to him. I can say, after having spoken with so many people in the community, the level of respect and regard for Maurie—for the work that he’s done, for the fact that he is a tireless campaigner not only for the Korean community and the Korean War veteran community but also more broadly for the ex-servicemen and ex-servicewomen of Australia—really does demonstrate someone who has, in his beating heart, a great passion and love for his country, for his community and for the men and women that he served beside.

Ends

The RAR Association echoes the Minister’s appreciation and adds that Maurie is an “RAR tribal elder” who epitomises both the Regiment’s motto “Duty First” and the RAR Association’s additional motto “Keeping the Spirit Alive”

Brisbane Anzac Square Restoration – Stage 4

As you may be aware, over the last four years Anzac Square has been undergoing significant repairs and restoration to ensure that Queensland’s preeminent war memorial is not only restored, but endures for future generations.

This year will realise the fourth and final stage of this important project, with works scheduled to commence following Anzac Day and the bulk of works completed in time for Remembrance Day 2018 which marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice to end the First World War.

Stage 4 will achieve many vital enhancements including an improved entrance and prominence of memorial elements, upgraded and sustainable landscaping, addition of lift access and improved event spaces. This final stage of work will complement the work completed over the last three years which includes rectified structural defects and water damage, conservation and restoration of the Shrine of Remembrance and Eternal Flame, and the rejuvenation of the WWI Memorial Crypt and WWII Memorial Gallery.

You will see from the plans shared, that considerable effort has been made to ensure our  State’s War Memorial will be restored to the dignified and solemn place of remembrance and reflection that its original ‘founding fathers’ intended.

All Queenslanders are being encouraged to review the information paper on the Anzac Square restoration and enhancement project and provide feedback via www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au before 28 February 2018.

I encourage you to not only participate directly, but consider sharing this information with your colleagues and networks.

Thank you for your interest and ongoing contribution to Queensland’s Anzac Centenary commemorations and ensuring the important legacy of our servicemen and women endures.

Best regards

Captain Andrew Craig RAN (Retd)

Chair, Queensland Advisory Committee for the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary
31st January 2018

 

Joint Media Release – The Long Tan Cross

Media Release from the PM and DVA Minister Dan Tehan – 6th December 2017

“An important piece of Australia’s military history will find a new home after the Vietnamese Government gifted the original Long Tan Cross to Australia.

Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam Craig Chittick received the Long Tan Cross from the Dong Nai Province People’s Committee at a small ceremony at the Dong Nai Museum in Biên Hòa last month. An Australian Defence Force member then travelled with the cross on its journey to Australia.

AWM Group Wed 6 Dec 2017

L to R – Tehan, Dinham, Sabben, Roberts, Turnbull and Nelson.

The Australian Government thanks the Government of Vietnam for its generous gift.

The Long Tan Cross was erected by Australian soldiers as a memorial to their fellow diggers who fought and died at the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966, Australia’s most costly single engagement in the Vietnam War. It was removed from the Long Tan battle site some time after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. It was reportedly used as a memorial for a Vietnamese Catholic priest until the 1980s when it was restored and eventually placed on display by the Dong Nai Province Museum in Biên Hòa in the late 1990s.

Approximately 60,000 Australian men and women served in the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1975, including 521 who lost their lives and more than 3,000 who were wounded.

For many Australians, the Long Tan Cross has come to symbolise our involvement in the Vietnam War. It is a powerful memorial to the service and suffering of Australian soldiers.

Thanks to the generosity of the Vietnamese Government, the Cross will now remain in Australia for perpetuity where it will be honoured, as we honour the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. The Long Tan Cross will go on display at its new permanent home at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra from 6 December.”

For full details of the Long Tan Cross see Dave Sabben’s Pictorial History of the Long Tan Cross 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.