This year marks the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Some 60,000 Australians served in the Vietnam War, more than 3,000 were wounded and 523 tragically lost their lives. We must honour those who served and the families that support them.
The Australian Government has produced a 50th anniversary commemorative medallion and certificate of recognition, honouring the service of Australians who served in the Vietnam War.
The medallion is a small but meaningful way to honour the service of Vietnam veterans and to recognise the sacrifice of those who never returned home and that of their families.
These medallions and certificates are available to veterans, widows of veterans and other family members of veterans of the Vietnam War.
We encourage all Vietnam veterans, or families of Vietnam veterans who are no longer with us today, to apply for a medallion here: www.dva.gov.au/vietnam50
The launch of the medallions continues the Australian Government’s recognition of this significant anniversary throughout 2023, culminating in a national commemorative service on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August 2023. See the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs.