Vietnam vets have won our respect

There have been few more controversial moments in Australia’s history than its decision to enter the Vietnam War 50 years ago.
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It was a decision that divided the nation and saw hundreds of thousands of people pour onto the streets of Australia’s capital cities in protest.

It would be 1972 by the time Australia pulled out of Vietnam and by then, 521 of our troops had been killed and another 3000 wounded from the 6000 who served during the conflict.

In total, millions of people died and millions more were displaced during the war.

So divided was the nation that our troops were shunned on their arrival home and it would be many years and much heartache before Australia embraced its Vietnam veterans, affording them the respect and dignity they had always deserved.

So today we pause to remember those brave Australians as they celebrate Vietnam Veterans Day and the 46th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, one of the fiercest of the entire campaign that claimed the lives of 18 of our finest soldiers.

Joining them in celebration will be Australia’s Vietnamese community, especially here in the Illawarra, who have never forgotten the sacrifices of Australian troops.

Lest we forget.

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