Viet Nam Memorial Opened

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Viet Nam Memorial Opened

3 OCT 1992: The Vietnam Forces National Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra, was opened by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Paul Keating, MP, and honours those Australians who served and died in the war in Vietnam. The Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial is the principal ceremonial and memorial avenue in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The memorial was dedicated on 3 October 1992 and commemorates the 50,000 Australian Army, Royal Australian Navy, and Royal Australian Air Force and associated personnel who served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

The design is of three concrete stelae, rising from a shallow moat, form the dramatic centre and enclose a space for quiet contemplation. A low stone block is both a seat and a place for laying memorial tributes.

Fixed to the right wall are 33 inscriptions, quotations intended to recall events of military and political importance. The photograph etched on the rear wall shows Australian troops waiting to be airlifted to the Australian base at Nui Dat after Operation Ullmarah. The walls offer anchors for wires that suspend a halo of stones: A scroll containing the names of Australians who died in Vietnam is sealed into one of the stones. Six seats surround the memorial, each dedicated to an Australian serviceman missing in action in Vietnam.

The memorial was designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Harford in association with sculptor Ken Unsworth AM, and built largely from funds donated from the public to the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial Committee. More:

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