City to remember Vietnam War

Date published: 15 August 2017

On 18 August, Australians will come together to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

In Townsville, veterans, families and local dignitaries will join Townsville servicemen and women at a service in Anzac Park from 5pm.

The Vietnam Veterans Federation will also hold a dawn service at 6am at 1 Charters Towers Road (the Men’s Shed).

Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said she was proud to represent the people of Townsville at the commemorative event on The Strand.

“This ceremony reminds us all of the great sacrifice made by these fallen Australians, their fellow servicemen and women and their families,” Cr Hill said.

“Townsville, in particular, has a long and proud history as a garrison city which makes these sorts of events that much more significant to our community.”

Vietnam Veterans Day was originally known as Long Tan Day which honoured the men of D Company, 6RAR who fought in the battle of Long Tan in 1966.

Eighteen Australians lost their lives and 24 were wounded in this battle, the largest number of casualties in one operation at the time in the Vietnam War.

This year, commemorations planned for Anzac park will run from 5pm-6pm.