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On the 18th August 2016 it will mark 50 years since the battle of Long Tan  and 50 years since Australian and New entered the Phuoc tuy province. This resulted in seven years of continual operations in the province until the withdrawal in 1972. In 2015,former soldiers of the Liberation Army have extended the hand of friendship to their Australian counter parts at several ceremonies that were held in Vung Tau and Ba Ria Vietnam.

With the organising committee made up mostly of veterans will be hosting a Gala Dinner on the evening of 18th August 2016 in Vung Tau. In attendance will be 40 Vietnamese members and several guests of honour from Australia including Lt Col Harry Smith SG,MC (RET), WO Keith Payne VC (RET), Daniel Keighran VC and members from all branches of the Australian military veterans.




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Australia has a strong presence in Vietnam with many Vietnamese students in Australia and a population that has assimilated into Australia’s way of life. In 2016 a gala dinner has been organised to bring stronger bonds between both countries.

The dinner will be held at the Pullman Hotel in Vung Tau, which is a new 5 star resort with seating capacity of 2000 people. Veterans,partners,children,friends and public are invited to attend this dinner of friendship on the 18th August 2016.

Money raised on the night will go to several charities here in Vietnam such as Veterans and friends and to the war disabled to name a few.

This is an opportunity for both sides to get together as both sides lost their youth in Vietnam and is now time for healing. People interested in this event can now purchase there at the website below.

Price for tickets are: $85.00 USD (1,900,000VND) V.I.P seating has been sold out.

Tickets and merchandise are on sale now and selling quick. For more information check website below. Cut off date for purchasing tickets will be the 7th of August 2016


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