Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Invitation to August 2015 monthly meeting

Returned & Services League of Australia
Washington, DC Sub-Branch
1601 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

Invitation to August monthly meeting

When: Thursday August 13, 2015

Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities room
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts, Ave.,
Washington, DC 20036

Guest Speaker: Historian Dr. Tom Julian will talk about World War I.
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.

Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.

R.S.V.P. by noon on Wednesday August 12, 2015, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmward1973 at gmail dot com.

Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available

2015 monthly meetings - 8 Jan, 12 Feb, 12 Mar, 9 Apr, 14 May, 11 Jun, 9 Jul, 13 Aug, 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 12 Nov, 10 Dec.
2015 Membership dues of $30.00 are payable at the meeting. Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to; Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston VA, 20191

2015 Office Holder and Board of Governors: President: Colonel Dr. Richard Southby, Vice President Mr. Aurelio Azpiazu, Treasurer: Mr. Ross Crunkhorn, Honorary Secretary: Mr. Dave Ward, Program Chair: Mr. Mario Mirarchi, Legal Advisor: Mr. William (Bill) Bennett, Selection Committee Chair: Mr. Edward Connor. Australian Defence Representative: Vacant. Members: Mr. Walt Dow, Mr. David Gudes, Mr. Harrison (Harry) McAlpine, Mr. Allan Hickling, Mr. Bill Strandberg.

July meeting - Many thanks to Sarah Connor for taking photographs during the July meeting. The photos can be viewed at:

Battle of Long Tan Commemoration Ceremony

The Returned & Services League of Australia,
Washington DC Sub-Branch
At the
Battle of Long Tan
Commemoration Ceremony
Saturday August 15, 2015
11:00 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 15 minutes, to allow attendees more time to pay their respects at the Wall afterwards.

*East of the Wall between 21st and 20th streets. Look for the US, Australian and New Zealand flags.

There is neither reserved parking nor any seating.
After the 2012 ceremony New Zealander LTCOL Terry Brown and R&SL member Richard Southby getting ready to place the wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

 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.

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.**

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.