ANNIVERSARY MARKS THE START OF COMMEMORATIVE YEAR FOR VIETNAM VETERANS
Tomorrow marks 50 years since the 1973 proclamation of the end of Australian involvement in the Vietnam War.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Matt Keogh said 11 January also marks the beginning of the official Vietnam 50 commemorations for 2023.
“More than 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam, over 3,000 were wounded and 523 lost their lives in the longest conflict Australia was involved in during the 20th Century,” Minister Keogh said.
“This was a war that was at times contentious at home, and for some veterans their service not recognised as it should have been.
“In December we marked the 50th anniversary of the Whitlam Labor Government’s end to the last National Service scheme in Australia and the anniversary of the withdrawal of the Australian Army Training Team in Vietnam.
“The Australian Government is honouring those who served, and throughout this commemorative year will specifically recognise and honour the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans and their families,” Minister Keogh said.
All Vietnam Veterans and National Servicemen, even if they were not deployed, are eligible to claim through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and entitled to a White Card that includes mental health support.
DVA will recognise this significant anniversary through a broad awareness campaign throughout 2023 including a documentary series to be screened on the ABC, and providing historical and educational resources to schools, ex-service organisations and community groups.
This will culminate in a national commemorative service on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August 2023, in Canberra, recognising the service of all Australians who served in the Vietnam War and honouring the sacrifices that they and their families made.
For more information about acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, visit the DVA website: www.dva.gov.au/VietnamCommemorativeService
It is good news to hear that the Government are commencing a commemorative year for 50 years peace in Vietnam but as usual ,
sadly; still no mention of commemorating the 18000* Australian volunteers of the ‘The Forgotten War’.
For the Minister’s information, the Korean Armistice was signed on July 27, 1953* and elementary arithmetic will tell the Minister that
in the year 2023, this fragile Armistice was declared 70 years ago.
This beggars the question Minister: ‘Why no 70 year commemoration for those 18000* brave Korea Veterans’?