Labor Government Safeguards The Legacy Of Our Vietnam Veterans

25 August 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the National Vietnam Veterans Museum to commemorate a defining chapter in Australia’s military history.

The National Vietnam Veterans Museum in Phillip Island welcomes some 20,000 visitors every year, and it’s mainly thanks to 20 years of veteran donations and volunteer work. The Labor Government is providing $250,000 so that the venue can protect the memories that are forever etched in our national story.

Almost 60,000 Australians served in the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1973, and 521 were killed.

Last week, Victorians paused to commemorate Vietnam Veterans Day, held on the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. Next year, we mark the 50th anniversary of the famous battle, where 108 young men from D Company 6 RAR encountered the Viet Cong in a rubber plantation outside the Australian base at Nui Dat.

With accurate field artillery support and reinforcement from A and B company, the Australians resisted an attack of more than 1500 Viet Cong soldiers in one of the most extraordinary chapters in our history.

The Labor Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget provides $1 million to host a Vietnam Veterans’ Parade commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and associated commemorative activities.

The Government’s $250,000 investment at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum will allow the establishment to upgrade, including building a new roof and facilities to care for its valuable collection.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren

“As we prepare to mark 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan, we should remember and learn from those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

“The National Vietnam Veterans Museum helps commemorate a defining chapter in our military history. We’re ensuring more Victorians can learn about our role in Vietnam.”

“Our veterans protected us and it’s our job to protect their legacy. This investment insures future generations will be able to learn about a war that touched our nation.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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