Veterans welcome the Long Tan Cross to Australia


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The iconic Long Tan Cross recently made the 7,000 kilometre journey to its new home at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The Long Tan Cross was erected in 1969 at the site of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam by members of 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment to honour the 18 Australians who were killed in the ferocious battle fought in torrential rain in 1966.

The Long Tan Cross is a significant military and cultural artefact that holds special meaning for all Vietnam War veterans.

A gift from the Government of Vietnam, the Long Tan Cross will now be much more accessible to veterans of the war and a place for all Australians to visit to pay their respects.

On 18 August 1966, 105 Australian and three New Zealand soldiers from D Company 6RAR fought against an estimated enemy force of 2,000, representing a defining battle of the Vietnam War.

Following the war and the reunification of Vietnam, the Dong Nai Museum in Bien Hoa City, near Ho Chi Minh City, acquired the Long Tan Cross and put it on display alongside other war relics.

In 1989 the Long Dat District People’s Committee erected a replica cross on the original site, which is frequently visited by Australian Vietnam War veterans. The replica is only one of two foreign war memorials on Vietnamese soil.

The original cross is made from a solid block of concrete, weighs over 100 kilograms and is now on permanent display at the Australian War Memorial.