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Memorial commemorates the personnel who served in the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1973.
Australia's military involvement in the Vietnam War was the longest in duration of any war in Australia's history before the conflict in Afghanistan. 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.
|Address:||300 Waterdale Road, Repatriation Hospital, Remembrance Garden, Heidelberg , 3084|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.755725|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-August-1962|
|Actual Event End Date:||11-January-1973|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Tuesday 17th August, 1999|
Vietnam 1962 - 1973
This memorial is the culmination of thoughts and ideas gathered through the contact with Vietnam veterans and particularly those who have had care and treatment through the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre and the previous Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital. The rock is a permanent reminder of the patients who have been cared for and the staff who have given that care.
The white cross is a representation of those who shall stay young forever. The polished front represents the peace and tranquility that those who returned expected from the community. The uncut rough edges represent those who feel they never finished what could be described as an extremely difficult task. The reverse of the memorial represents the general feelings of those who returned and their experiences held in relation to negotiating acceptance that they served their country to the best of their ability.
Unveiled and dedicated on 17 August 1999