08 August 2019
Dr MARJORIE O'NEILL (Coogee) — On the 2nd of June, the Matraville RSL held its Annual Memorial Service for the Battle of Long Tan. The Battle of Long Tan was the most publicised Australian battle of the Vietnam War, and it was also the day during the Vietnam War with the highest number of Australian casualties. Australia's casualties numbered 18 fatalities, and 24 soldiers wounded, the eldest of which was 22 years old.
While the sacrifices made by our veterans in the Vietnam War was not properly recognised until 1987, the Battle of Long Tan is reminder of the bravery, endurance, and mateship that Australian soldiers are known for all of the world, and that defines our national identity.
I would like to pay my respects to all of the veterans of the Battle of Long Tan, of the Vietnam War, and the veterans of all other conflicts in which our diggers have served with honour and valour. Their sacrifice should never be forgotten.