The guitar John Schumann used to create his Vietnam War–era song “I was Only 19” is now on loan to the Australian War Memorial, and will be displayed on Vietnam Veterans Day to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan.
Australian War Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson today accepted the loan of the guitar used to write Schumann’s iconic anthem for veterans of the Vietnam War.
In a private ceremony held today at the Australian War Memorial the medal group of Australia’s youngest Victoria Cross (VC) recipient was put on display for the first time. The loan of Private William Jackson’s VC is part of the Memorial’s commemoration of Australia’s involvement in the fighting on the Western Front in 1916.
Australian War Memorial deepens its acknowledgement of the enduring impact of war and military operations on individuals and the nation
Two significant new plaques have been added to the Australian War Memorial’s Commemorative Area.
The first commemorates the sacrifice of Australians who have died in training exercises, while the second recognises the trauma experienced by those who have been wounded, either physically or psychologically, during the course of their service.
John Schumann to sing the anthem of a generation, “I was only 19”, to 100 Vietnam veterans in the Hall of Memory before the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier
The Australian War Memorial will mark the 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan and Vietnam Veterans’ Day in August with a number of moving tributes honouring the 60,000 Australian men and women who served our nation throughout the Vietnam War.
The Australian War Memorial Voluntary Guides received the 2016 Education, Science and Technology Team Award the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards on the evening of 9 May.
Director of the Australian War Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson said the excellent work of this dedicated group of men and women, known affectionately as the “Vol Guides”, was integral to the Memorial’s ability to ensure a world-class visitor experience.