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50th anniversary of the Battles at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral

Commemorative National Service

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Service: 50th anniversary of the Battles at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral
Date: Sunday 13 May 2018
Time 11:00am
Seating style: Limited, unallocated seating
Venue: Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra
Location Map (PDF 370 KB) (DOCX 3 MB)
Weather: Cool
Attendance passes: Not required.
Security: Australian Federal Police

A national commemorative service to mark the 50th anniversary of the Battles at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral will be held at 11.00am on Sunday 13 May 2018 at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra.

Background

Australian, New Zealand and United States forces were involved in a series of actions between May and June 1968 at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral. Sitting astride a route used by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces approaching or departing Saigon and nearby Bien Hoa, the bases comprised defended positions for artillery, mortars and armored vehicles.

The North Vietnamese launched several strong attacks in an attempt to drive the Australians from this important area. The Australians also initiated combat during their many patrols outside the bases. These actions, over a 25-day period, made up Australia's costliest and most protracted battle of the Vietnam War.

Attendance

This is a free event and members of the public are encouraged to attend. This is not a ticketed event and limited, un-allocated seating will be provided for general public. Standing room will be available once the unallocated seating area has reached capacity.

For more information, please email ANZACCENTENARYPROJECTS2@dva.gov.au

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