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Premier’s Message – August 2020

Welcome to the August edition of the Veterans SA E-News.

Today, on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, I would like to acknowledge all those who served in the Vietnam War. Today is a reminder of the harsh realities of war and we remember all those who sacrificed their life for our country.

The day was originally known as Long Tan Day, chosen to commemorate the men of D Company, 6RAR who fought in the battle of Long Tan in 1966.

On that day, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a battle against over 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation not far from the village of Long Tan.

Please take a moment today to pause and reflect on the heroic efforts of those who went to war and their families and we acknowledge the impact it has had on their lives.

On August 15, we came together to remember the end of World War Two and Victory in the Pacific Day.

The day commemorated the anniversary of Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demands for unconditional surrender but for Australians it meant their involvement in the Second World War was over.

The state service, held at the War Memorial on North Terrace, was lived streamed directly into the homes of people across our state, making it the most accessible commemoration service in South Australia to date and I commend the RSL for their effort. A recording of the service is available here

On the day I announced Veterans SA is undertaking a 12-month project to tell the stories of the end of the World War II from those who experienced it and their families. The war effort changed the fabric of our society in so many ways and those who served and their families were forever impacted by what happened.

Veterans SA is now collecting and showcasing stories from across the South Australian community and I encourage you to submit your family’s stories here

I also wish to acknowledge that August 31 is Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Day and September 3 marks Merchant Navy Day which are both significant days for many in our community.

On behalf of all South Australians to all those who have served and continue to service our country, thank you.

Lest We Forget.



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