Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Long Tan Commemoration Ceremony 18 August, 2011

Long Tan

Commemoration Ceremony

18 August, 2011

10:15 A.M. – 10:30 AM

Near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial*

Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW
Washington, DC

A commemorative service held at Long Tan by

6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) troops, three years after the battle. *

The simple, solemn, ceremony, is being kept deliberately short to enable those attending time to pay their respects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall afterwards.

*East of the Wall between 21st and 20th streets.)

Additional Details: Seating will not be provided. There is no reserved parking.

Parking on the Mall is often difficult, but visitors may find spots on Constitution Ave. or Ohio Drive. Limited handicapped parking is available at the Korean War Memorial (Daniel French Drive), WWII Memorial, and Roosevelt Memorial.

The Washington Post has the following information:

By Metro: From Foggy Bottom (Blue/Orange Lines), walk south on 23rd Street to Lincoln Memorial [0.9 miles], turn left on near side of Reflecting Pool.

By car: The memorial is adjacent to the Reflecting Pool near the Lincoln Memorial.

Need further information – contact Dave Ward at

202-352-8550 or dmward1973 at gmail dot com

Why Long Tan? “In 1987 Prime Minister Bob Hawke designated 18 August as Australia’s official Vietnam Veterans’ Day. The date commemorates the Battle of Long Tan, during which Delta Company 6 RAR fought an ‘encounter’ battle against enemy forces in the Long Tan rubber plantation just a few thousand meters from the 1st Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat.

Delta Company suffered 42 casualties, including 18 dead – more than one third of its strength – while some 245 enemy troops were killed. Delta Company’s 105 men, and three New Zealanders from 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery, fought for almost four hours against soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army who outnumbered them by ten to one.*

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