This year the Australian Government will mark the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War with a national service at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial in Canberra on 18 August 2023 from 10:00am.
The planning and execution of the service and accompanying events have been collaboratively designed with input from a national stakeholder consultative group. This group consists of Vietnam veterans and representatives from the broader veteran community.
The Australian Government, through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, has also created a special commemorative medallion to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. This strictly limited medallion is only available to Australian Vietnam veterans or their surviving family. Find out how to apply here.
Throughout the year, Australians are encouraged to honour and remember the service of some 60,000 Australian men and women who served in the Vietnam War and their families. Tragically, 523 Australians lost their lives in the war, and over 3,000 were wounded.
How To Participate
All attendees planning to attend the service on 18 August 2023 in person are required to register for an attendance pass. Entry to the service will not be permitted without an attendance pass. You can register here. The online registration system for attendance passes will close at 5:00pm on Thursday 17 August 2023.
In the event that you did not register for an attendance pass, Ticketek will be setting up a physical box office facility at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial. This facility will be open from 8:30am on Friday, August 18, 2023, providing an opportunity for individuals to register for an attendance pass or replace any damaged or lost passes.
The service will be broadcasted live across Australia by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and streamed online. The ABC will also make the broadcast available to other networks to provide all members of the community the opportunity to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War in a solemn and dignified manner from their home.