A commemorative quilt sewn by the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Victoria Branch will visit Victorian schools to teach students about the sacrifice of our Vietnam veterans.
Today, Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks represented Minister for Veterans John Eren at the unveiling of the quilt that captures a snapshot of Victoria’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, where 108 brave young men from D Company 6 RAR resisted an attack of more than 1500 Viet Cong soldiers in what became one of the most extraordinary chapters in Australia’s military history.
The quilt features a patch crafted by each of the 28 VVAA Victoria Branch sub branches. It’s a striking illustration of Victoria’s contribution to the Vietnam War, but also a snapshot of the VVAA Victoria Branch as it exists today.
The quilt will travel with the VVAA Education Team on a Victorian tour, teaching students about the war that shaped Australia’s military history. More than 60,000 Australian servicemen and women fought in Vietnam, and 521 were killed.
The quilt will be displayed at the Vietnamese TET Festival at the Melbourne Showgrounds and at events around Melbourne, before a regional circuit that includes Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong.
Many Victorians have a connection with war and a story to tell. The 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan is a chance for Victoria to remember and reflect on the impacts of the Vietnam War, and commemorate those that bravely served there.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans, John Eren
“The 50th Anniversary Commemorative Quilt is a striking illustration that pays tribute to our nation’s great Vietnam War history.”
“We’re ensuring Victorian students in all corners of the state get an opportunity to learn more about Australia’s contribution to the Vietnam War.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Bundoora, Colin Brooks
“As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, it’s important we give the veterans who did us proud the fitting tribute they deserve.”
“The 50th Anniversary Commemorative Quilt will help paint a picture of the war that shaped our nation for younger generations to cherish.”
Reviewed 10 February 2021