Virgin Australia Lends A Hand To Vietnam Veterans For Battle Of Long Tan 50th Anniversary Commemorations
Virgin Australia is transporting Vietnam War veterans and their guests to Canberra and Brisbane for special commemorative events to mark Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50thanniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, honouring the 60,000 Australians who served our nation throughout the Vietnam War.
The group of veterans will attend a Parliamentary Reception this evening and a National Service at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial tomorrow morning. The party will then fly to Brisbane on a special Virgin Australia Charter flight VA9001, which will depart from the Royal Australian Air Force terminal at Fairbairn in Canberra. Special off-site check-in facilities have been arranged for the group prior to the commemoration service. Once arriving in Brisbane, they will be transported via motorcade with police escort to the Enoggera Barracks for a Commemorative Parade and Reception.
Virgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer, John Borghetti, said: “We are immensely honoured to transport this special group of Vietnam War veterans and their guests to commemoration services as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.
“We are truly grateful for the sacrifice our veterans made during the Vietnam War and the Battle of Long Tan.
“We are encouraging our team at Virgin Australia – and all Australians – to learn more about our nation’s involvement in the Vietnam War, and the courage and sacrifice of our Vietnam veterans.”
The Battle of Long Tan was fought on 18 August 1966. 105 Australians from D Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) and three New Zealanders from an artillery forward observation party from New Zealand’s 161 Field Battery encountered a force of more than 2,000 enemy troops. During the battle, 17 Australians were killed and a further 25 were wounded, one of whom later died of wounds. This was the highest number of Australian casualties incurred in any one engagement of the Vietnam War.
Virgin Australia has worked in partnership with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to support Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.