Victory in the Pacific on 15th August Vietnam Veterans Day 18th August


Bert Crook Memorial

14th August 2022 
at 10.00 a.m.


Followed by morning tea in the club


VP Day
15th August 


This date commemorates Japan's acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender made on] 14 August 1945.


For Australians, it meant that the Second World War was finally over. The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day.


On VP Day, we remember Australia's war efforts from 1942 to 1945 in the Pacific region, including in Singapore, Borneo, Malaya, Papua, New Guinea and New Britain. It was a time when people worked hard and cooperated to defend the nation.


We commemorate those who served in the war. Some 40,000 Australians didn't return home to their families. 


Over 17,000 of them lost their lives while fighting in the war against Japan, some 8000 of whom died in Japanese captivity.




SYDNEY, NSW. 1945-08-15.

A section of the crowd in martin place during the Victory Pacific celebrations.


Vietnam Veterans Day
18th August


The Vietnam War was Australia's longest military engagement of the 20th Century. The arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in South Vietnam during July and August 1962 marked the start of Australia’s involvement in the war.


The Battle of Long Tan was a significant moment in Australia's war in Vietnam. On 18 August 1966, in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan, Australian soldiers fought one of their fiercest battles of the war.


The men of Delta Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, faced a force of some 2000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. The battle was fought in wet and muddy conditions during a heavy tropical downpour.


By the end of the day, 17 Australians had been killed in action and 25 were wounded, one of whom died a few days later. This was the largest number of casualties in a single operation since the Australian Task Force had established its base at nearby Nui Dat the previous April.


On this day, we commemorate all the battles fought by Australians in Vietnam, from large-scale operations to platoon and section-level encounters. We remember the sailors of the Royal Australian Navy who supported land operations, and members of the Royal Australian Air Force who served in combat and transport roles.




Long Tan cross ceremonies with D Company, 6th Battalion

The Royal Australian Regiment - New Zealand (Anzac).


"The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance"

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