AT 6pm on Sunday a group of Shoalhaven residents will reflect on one of the most ferocious engagements of the Vietnam War.
At 6pm on Sunday, August 18, 47 years ago the battle of Long Tan reached its height in fading light and pouring rain.
Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia Shoalhaven Sub-branch members have been commemorating that day locally as Vietnam Veterans Day since the early 1980s.
Sub-branch president Clyde Poulton said while there were many battles in Vietnam, the date and time of the ceremony were chosen to represent the Long Tan engagement.
“I think it adds another element to our commemoration that we stay as close as possible to the timing of that event,” Mr Poulton said.
Sunday’s ceremony is a significant event for Shoalhaven with a large number of former serving members living in the region.
“We have to remember Vietnam had many facets with army, air force and a significant navy contribution from Shoalhaven,” Mr Poulton said.
“HMAS Sydney and Melbourne plied waters between Australia and Vietnam as did other ships.
“We also had personnel on the gunships and destroyers that were part of the US Navy. They worked on the gun line up and down the coast of Vietnam,” he said.
Sunday’s ceremony at Walsh Park in Bomaderry will include a catafalque party, bugler, wreath laying and a song or poem.
Following the ceremony participants are invited to meet at the Bomaderry RSL Club hall for refreshments. All are welcome to attend.