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25-November-2014
25-November-2014

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This memorial resembles the "White Cross of Long Tan" which was erected by servicemen to commemorate their comrades who lost their lives in the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War. Over time it has become a memorial for all Australians who served in the Vietnam Conflict. The memorial contains a plaque commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan which was dedicated in 2006.

The "White Cross" complements an Honour Board listing all Australians who lost their lives during the Vietnam Conflict located in the entry hall of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church at the corner of Bluff and Fewster Roads, Hampton.

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:Dane Road, G.L Basterfield Park, Hampton East, 3188
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.941048
Long: 145.031013
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam
Approx. Event Start Date:1962
Approx. Event End Date:1973

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 17th February, 2002
Front Inscription

THIS MEMORIAL COMMEMORATES ALL AUSTRALIANS WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN THE  VIETNAM WAR 1962 - 1973
ALL GAVE SOME - SOME GAVE ALL

THIS MEMORIAL RESEMBLES THE ' WHITE CROSS OF LONG TAN' WHICH WAS ERECTED BY SERVICEMEN TO COMMEMORATE THEIR COMRADES WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN. OVER TIME IT HAS BECOME A MEMORIAL FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS WHO SERVED DURING THE VIETNAM WAR.

THE 'WHITE CROSS' COMPLEMENTS AN HONOUR BOARD LISTING ALL AUSTRALIANS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THE VIETNAM WAR LOCATED IN THE ONLY HALL OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH AT THE CORNER OF BLUFF AND FEWSTER ROADS, HAMPTON.


THIS VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WAS OFFICIALLY DEDICATED BY HIS WORSHIP, THE MAYOR CR SIMON RUSSELL ON 17 FEBRUARY 2002
                IN THE PRESENCE OF 
            (Names of Councillors)
THE 'WHITE CROSS' OF LONG TAN WAS SELECTED AS A MEMORIAL FOR THE SITE IN CONSULTATION WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE BEAUMARIS, HAMPTON AND HIGHETT RSL SUB-BRANCHES.
FUNDING FOR THE MEMORIAL WAS JOINTLY PROVIDED BY BAYSIDE CITY COUNCIL AND THE FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS UNDER 'THEIR SERVICE - OUR HERITAGE' GRANTS PROGRAM.


 

Source: SKP, MA
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