Today the Australian War Memorial announced that for the first time in Australia the original Long Tan cross will be on display from 17 August 2012.
The battle of Long Tan has come to symbolise our nation’s ten-year long involvement in the Vietnam War.
“The Long Tan cross is a memorial to the soldiers who fought and died at the battle of Long Tan,” said Ms Nola Anderson, Acting Director, Australian War Memorial. “The cross also acts as a reminder of the sacrifice of all those Australians who served in the Vietnam War”.
Montevideo Maru memorial unveiling
Media are invited to the unveiling of the memorial, designed to commemorate Australians who died in the defence of Rabaul, and those who later died as prisoners in the sinking of the Japanese ship the Montevideo Maru.
The memorial will be unveiled by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, on 1 July 2012, the 70thanniversary of the sinking of the Montevideo Maru,
Visit the Australian War Memorial during Reconciliation Week to discover stories of Indigenous Service from Monday 27 May until Sunday 3 June 2012.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders have a long history of serving in the nation’s defence force. It will probably never be know how many answered the call but they have served in every major conflict since the Boer War with some in uniform in the colonies prior to Federation.
Reconciliation Week events at the Memorial includes:
Gallery walk and talk tour
On 20 April 2012, The Australian War Memorial presented the inaugural Bryan Gandevia Prize for Australian Military-Medical History to Dr David Henderson, La Trobe University.
Dr Henderson was awarded $5,000 for his PhD thesis “The Internment of Germans in Second World War Australia: An Exploration in History and Memory”.
Dr Karl James, the Memorial’s Military Historian said “The thesis successfully internationalized Australian history, placing the events of the First World War into a broader international context”.
Anzac Day 2012 National Ceremony
The Australian War Memorial hosted around 14,500 visitors for the traditional Anzac Day National Ceremony and more than 25,000 for the Dawn Service today. This year is the 70th year that Anzac Day has been commemorated at the Memorial.