Vietnam Veterans Day

The battle of Long Tan occurred on the afternoon of 18 August 1966, just two months after the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) established its base at Nui Dat in the heart of Phuoc Tuy province, South Vietnam.

The bravery, tenacity and sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand soldiers at Long Tan became legendary. That single engagement on just one afternoon in August 1966 has come to symbolise Australia’s ten-year-long involvement in our nation’s longest war. Since 1987, when Prime Minister Bob Hawke declared 18 August “Vietnam Veterans Day”, the anniversary has commemorated all Australians who took part in the conflict.