April 20, 2016
Sale RSL will hold a commemorative service and luncheon to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester announced $1500 from the Federal Government to bring together Vietnam veterans from Sale, Bairnsdale and the wider region.
“In August this year, it will be 50 years since one of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War — the Battle of Long Tan,” Mr Chester said.
“It is important that the contribution of all those who served our nation in Vietnam is never forgotten.
“I congratulate Sale RSL for its efforts to mark the anniversary and bring together Vietnam veterans from across the region on August 20 to commemorate the service and sacrifice of
those who served.
“I also commend Sale RSL for its long-standing commitment to support war veterans and their families.”
Sale RSL Vice President Martin Tanzer said the Battle of Long Tan was an important piece of Australia’s history.
“521 Australians died in the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1972, including 200 National Servicemen. More than 3,000 were wounded,” Mr Tanzer said.
“This was an historic battle and it is important that we take the time to reflect on the sacrifice made by local soldiers and their families.
“We are delighted that the head of RSL Victoria, Major General David McLaughlin, will come to Sale to attend the service and help local Vietnam veterans to commemorate 50 years since the Battle of Long Tan.”
The funding has been provided through the Vietnam War Commemorative Grants program. The program provides one-off funding of between $4,000 and $20,000 for community-based commemorative projects and activities that directly commemorate any aspect of the Vietnam War under the theme of ‘camaraderie’.
For more information about Saluting Their Service grants, visit www.dva.gov.au/grants or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.