Youth Education Grants and awards | August 04, 2016
Students’ chance to commemorate Battle of Long Tan
The Nationals Member for Lowan Emma Kealy MP is encouraging schools from across the Lowan electorate to consider available transport subsidies which encourage students to attend Vietnam Veterans Day commemorations at the Shrine of Remembrance.
“The Vietnam Veterans Day service to be held on 18 August in Melbourne is a great opportunity for students to pay their respects to the veterans who fought so hard for our freedom,” Ms Kealy said.
“Schools are able to apply for funding packages of up to $1,000 to help cover costs of travelling to a free service and march at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne.
“Funding to cover basics travel costs will makes it possible for teachers to educate students in a way they cannot in the classroom,” she said.
More than 60,000 Australians fought in the Vietnam War, with 521 paying the ultimate sacrifice.
“2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan which was the costliest single battle for Australian troops during the Vietnam War. 108 brave young soldiers from D Company 6 RAR resisted an attack of more than 2,000 Viet Cong soldiers,” Ms Kealy said.
The Vietnam Veterans Day march will start at the Police Memorial on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, ahead of the service at the Shrine of Remembrance.