Thursday, August 16, 2012

Battle of Long Tan Commemoration Ceremony

Invitation to the Battle of Long Tan Commemoration Ceremony
18 August, 2012
10:15 A.M.

Near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial*
Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW
Washington, DC
The simple, solemn, ceremony is being kept deliberately short, at about 20 minutes, to allow attendees more time to pay their respects at the Wall afterwards. *

The wreath will be placed at the Wall immediately after the ceremony.
(South East of the Wall between 21st and 20th streets.)

There is neither reserved parking nor any seating.

The RSL is grateful for the assistance of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in obtaining the event permit.  http://www.vvmf.org/

Why Long Tan?  “In 1987 Prime Minister Bob Hawke designated 18 August as Australia’s official Vietnam Veterans’ Day. The date commemorates the [1966] 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 metres from the 1st Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat.

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

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