Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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.

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