Victorian students can now apply for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Vietnam as part of a study tour to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
Minister for Veterans John Eren recently joined the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Victorian Branch (VVAA Victorian Branch) Education Team at Albert Park College, which teaches students about the war that helped shape Australia’s military history. Some 60,000 Australian ground troops, air force and navy personnel served in Vietnam, and 521 were killed.
The Andrews Labor Government and the VVAA Victorian Branch will support ten students to see for themselves a nation so pivotal to Australia’s story, and to learn more about the sacrifices of our Vietnam veterans. The group will visit Australia’s key battle sites, as well as places of historical significance in Ho Chi Minh, Saigon and Hanoi.
When entering, students are asked to explore the topic of the “controversial Vietnam War”, and the issues that prompted debate amongst a nation. The 13-year war was set against a backdrop of divided public opinion over conscription and the use of chemical and guerrilla warfare. The Vietnam War was the first to be played out on television.
Students can make written submissions, or enter craft or audio visual projects. The Vietnam War History Competition is open to all Victorian students in Year 10 and 11 in 2016, but entries close on March 27. Teachers wishing to secure a chaperone position are also encouraged to apply.
The study group will be announced at the Vietnam Veterans State Reception at the National Gallery of Victoria. The group will travel in September 2016.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans, John Eren
“As we reflect on 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan, we should remember those that gave their lives for Australia, and safeguard their legacy for younger generations to cherish.”
“Our students are our future. This is our opportunity to teach them about a time that shaped our nation, and their chance to learn for themselves about our wartime history.”
Quotes attributable to VVAA Victorian Branch State President, Bob Elworthy AM
“This competition is a great opportunity for young Victorians to learn more about the history of the Vietnam War and reflect on the impact this conflict had on communities during this time”
“It encourages young people to stop and think about a time where men and women, not much older than themselves, were put in extraordinary circumstances.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020