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Schools help Vietnam vets commemorate their sacrifice

Vietnam veterans singing the National Anthem during the Long Tan Day ceremony at Memorial Park, Grafton on Monday. Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner
Vietnam veterans singing the National Anthem during the Long Tan Day ceremony at Memorial Park, Grafton on Monday. Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner Tim Howard

VIETNAM veterans have turned the corner of public acceptance for their service in a war that began almost half a century ago.

On Monday Grafton's Vietnam Veterans marched down Prince St to Memorial Park, where they remembered their mates who didn't make it back.

But they did it accompanied by school children from local schools watched by an appreciative crowd who lined the street and joined in the late afternoon service in the park.

The date, August 18, 1966, is the day 108 men from D Company 6RAR clashed with 1500 Viet Cong in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan.

At the end of the battle 18 Australians were killed and 24 wounded. The Viet Cong lost at least 245 dead and untold wounded.

Although Australians fought other battles in Vietnam, their efforts at Long Tan have become their iconic moment in the way.

It has resulted in Long Tan Day now being known as Vietnam Veterans Day.

Topics:  battle of long tan, grafton, vietnam veterans




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