50th anniversary of the proclamation to end Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War
On 11 January 2023, we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the then Governor-General Sir Paul Hasluck proclaiming an end to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
This milestone marks the beginning of recognising in 2023, the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s commitment to the war and to acknowledge Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
More than 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam, over 3,000 wounded and 523 gave their lives in the longest conflict Australians were involved in during the 20th Century.
Throughout the commemorative year, DVA will raise awareness to specifically recognise and honour the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans and their families, with:
- Anzac Day Schools’ Awards, in 2023 the awards will focus on the service of Australians in the Vietnam War
- history and education resources for schools across Australia
- education materials about the Vietnam War included in the national Anzac Day mail-out to schools, ex-service organisations and community groups
- documentary series on Australians in Vietnam to be screened on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and
- Saluting Their Service grants to assist with honouring the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel and preserve our wartime heritage, including projects and activities marking the 50th anniversary and the service of Vietnam veterans.
These activities will lead into a national commemorative service on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August 2023, recognising the service of all Australians in the Vietnam War and honouring the sacrifices that they and their families made.
The service will be held at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra.