Battle of Long Tan 50th Anniversary
On Thursday 18th August Strathmore Secondary College’s Year 11 History class took part in the commemorations for the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan at the Shrine of Remembrance.
One of the most well-known Australian engagements of the Vietnam War was the Battle of Long Tan, 18 August 1966. The battle saw the action of 108 ANZACS against a Viet Cong (North Vietnamese) force estimated between 1,500 and 2,500. The Battle was one of the heaviest conflicts of the Vietnam War as well as one the few battles in the recorded history of the world to be won against such odds.
Vietnam Veterans' Day, celebrated in Australia on 18 August each year, commemorates the Battle of Long Tan and is an opportunity to remember those who fought on both sides of the conflict.
The students took part in the commemorations by forming a guard of honour for those who had served in the war.