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17-October-2014
17-October-2014
Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown
An Honour Roll erected in memory of Australian and New Zealand Forces who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.

Australia's military involvement in the Vietnam War was the longest in duration of any war in Australia's history. The arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) in South Vietnam during July and August 1962 was the beginning of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. Australia's participation in the war was formally declared at an end when the Governor-General issued a proclamation on 11 January 1973.

The end-date of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War has officially been amended to 29 April 1975 to reflect Australia’s further involvement in the war during the fall of Saigon in 1975.  The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra now recognise this new date.

Location

Address:76a Reid Street, Wangaratta RSL , Wangaratta , 3677
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.354115
Long: 146.326003
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Honour Roll
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam

Dedication

Front Inscription

IN REMEMBRANCE OF ANZAC FORCES
IN VIETNAM
The Tide is Turning

"The Tide is Turning where the dead of Vietnam reconcile themselves with the living, and the living of Vietnam reconcile themselves with the dead.
The Tide is Turning towards a time when men can feel safe to call the war insane, to feel safe to know their hearts and minds WERE wounded, and feel safe in the knowledge the healing of God has begun. The Tide is Turning to where we feel safe enough to recognise that others suffered too; that among us stand those who lost their land, lost their homes, their families, their country. Others lost their innocence, their youth, their pride, their hope, and that many lost their faith; and from so many countries so many lost their lives.
That no matther what flag they are buried under, in the end, they died the same - all brothers all sisters of the Vietnam war.
The Tide is Turning towards a time when Governments will know that wars cannot be won by stealth, nor by deception.
That if we commit the lives of young men and women to the furnace of war again, not only the hearts and minds of their soldiers must be won, but the hearts and minds at home, so that those gentle heroes never again return to rejection, hatred, doubt; where wars continue in young minds 20 years after the last shot is fired.
The Tide is Turning where all tears have been cried, all the hearts have ached enough, all the warriors have hidden enough, felt unwanted enough.
Where men can say the war was not finished, but the fight against evil was not lost. The war is over for us now. But it'll always be there for the rest of our days. But as the tide washes away the scars of the past, those of us who did make it have an obligation to build again, to teach others what we know .......to use what's left of our lives to find a goodness and meaning to this life. "

ROLL OF HONOUR
AUSTRALIA
(Names)

ROLL OF HONOUR
NEW ZEALAND
(Names)
They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
we shall remember them

LEST WE FORGET


 

Source: MA
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