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Vietnam Veterans Day – Postponed

August 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

This year marks the 55th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. 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 of few battles, in the history books, to be won against such odds.

Whether or not you support the wars, any wars, it is undeniable that we owe these service men and women, of all conflicts, a debt of gratitude. The commemorative service is a time for reflection and appreciation of the sacrifices made.

The official address will be given by President of the National Servicemen’s Association, Patrick Galwey.

About National Service Men:
With the outbreak of Confrontation with Indonesia between 1962 and 1966 and the Vietnam War, recruiting again was insufficient and the Government introduced the National Service Act 1964. Men aged 20 were selected by a birthday ballot for the Army. Between 30 June 1965 and 7 December 1972, a total of 63,735 were called up for two years fulltime service integrated into regular Army units. From 1965 to 1972, over 15,300 national servicemen served in the Vietnam War, with 200 killed and 1,279 wounded. Despite the compulsion, National Servicemen did their training, active and reserve duties well and honourably and most regarded it as a rewarding part of their lives.

WHEN: 5:00pm on Wednesday, 18 August 2021
WHERE: Cairns Cenotaph, Esplanade, Cairns

WREATH-LAYING: Members of the public who wish to lay a wreath are required to register with the Cairns Sub Branch by close of business Monday 16 August. Any members who are not registered and wish to lay a wreath will have the opportunity to do so at the conclusion of the service.

Members of the public who are laying a wreath are to supply their own and it is their responsibility to carry it with them. There are no facilities or arrangements for storage or transport of personal wreaths at the service


  • The service will be conducted outdoors with seating and temporary shelter provided.
  • Attendees should ensure they appropriately equipped with hats, water bottles and sunscreen.
  • Limited medical support is provided at the commemoration. Attendees that have medical conditions should come prepared.
  • Seating at the commemorative service is not allocated or reserved and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


August 18, 2021
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Cairns RSL Sub Branch
(07) 4051 5254


Cairns Cenotaph
Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia + Google Map