Today, we commemorate the Battle of Long Tan which was fought for during the Vietnam War.
Also known as Vietnam Veterans’ Day, we honour those who fought and fell during that fierce battle in a rubber plantation 56 years ago.
We also recognise those who served on the home front and the communities who supported the war effort.
Almost 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam during a decade of conflict between 1962 and 1972.
Of those Diggers, 521 died, making the ultimate sacrifice, and over 3000 were wounded.
As an act of remembrance, I encourage the community to visit the Vietnam Memorial which is located at Commemorative Park, corner Molesworth and Market streets, Lismore.
Lest We Forget.
Janelle Saffin MP
State Member for Lismore.