Ipswich RSL Services Club to commemorate Vietnam Veterans Day

SOLEMN SERVICE: Keith Pennell (left) and Brian Hall at last year’s RSL ceremony.
SOLEMN SERVICE: Keith Pennell (left) and Brian Hall at last year’s RSL ceremony. File

THE Australian flag will fly at half-mast on Monday at Ipswich RSL Services Club as Vietnam Veterans Day is commemorated.

There will be a service commemorating Vietnam Veterans Day at the club in North Ipswich starting at 5pm.

August 18 has been chosen to remember the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam in 1966 when Delta Company, 6 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment faced an overwhelming force of 2500 Viet Cong and North Vietnam armies.

Seventeen Australians lost their lives in the battle, the youngest being just 19 years and the eldest 22 years.

Ipswich RSL Services Club president Ray Watherston said 61,000 Australian men and women served in Vietnam from May 1962, to April 1975 - 531 did not return home alive and some 3000 were wounded.

The Battle of Long Tan was the largest single unit battle fought in Vietnam by Australian troops. It began on the afternoon of August 18 and went right through the night until the morning of the 19th.

Mr Watherston said groups wishing to lay a wreath on Monday should contact the club on 3812 3366 and people attending need to be seated prior to 5pm.

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