18th August 2015

Vietnam Veterans’ Day

One of the most well-known Australian engagements of the Vietnam War was the Battle of Long Tan on 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 those Australians who served during the Vietnam War and is an opportunity to remember those who did not come home.

This year Nagle College was invited to send representation to the service conducted at the Cockatoo Rise Retreat. A group of four students from Year 9 and 10 – Nick de Voogd, Brenton Davies, Charmayne La Budde and Keabetswe Seneke – accompanied by a staff member took part in the march and a wreath laying ceremony. The group was warmly welcomed by Mr Greg Carter, a Vietnam Veteran, who organised the service. Prior to the service the students had the opportunity to visit the small Museum and talk to other Vietnam Veterans who were happy to share their knowledge and experiences. The students were very appreciative of the opportunity to take part in this occasion and to spend time with the veterans.