On Tuesday, August 15, commencing at 6pm, the RSL Sub Branch will hold a short service and wreath laying ceremony at the cenotaph in Morris Park to commemorate VP Day and the Vietnam War, anyone wishing to attend would be most welcome
Victory in the Pacific
On August 15, 1945, the Empire of Japan accepted the Allies' demand for an unconditional surrender, effectively putting an end to World War II after the devastating nuclear bombing of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Jubilation erupted on the streets of the nation's cities, as then prime minister Ben Chifley announced over the radio: "Fellow citizens, the war is over ...”
Quote by Tony Abbott in 2015, the then Prime Minister –“So today, in awe and in gratitude, we honour a generation of Australians who helped turn the tide of history.
You fought in the air and on the sea, in the jungle and in the desert. You fought to defend our country against fascism, Nazism and militarism.
You fought against evils that sought to destroy human decency and you fought to build a lasting peace."
During the Vietnam war the Australian Servicemen displayed incredible bravery and certainly distinguished themselves as extraordinary young men, Long Tan is the most written about conflict in the Vietnam War, but many other battles took place which demonstrated the Australian and New Zealander’s ability to fight side by side and to continue to uphold the true meaning of the ANZAC spirit, such as the Battle of Binh Ba in 1969, the Battle of Coral/Balmoral in 1968, Operation Bribie in 1967 plus many more including guerrilla tactics and of course the Tet Offensive.
Lest We Forget.