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The Walkway and panel commemorates those who served in the Vietnam War. Funding was received in December 2015 through the Saluting Their Service Community Grants Program for the establishment of the walkway. 

Australia's military involvement in the Vietnam War began with the arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) in South Vietnam during July and August 1962.  Australia's participation in the war was formally declared at an end when the Governor-General issued a proclamation on 11 January 1973.

However, the end-date of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War has officially been amended to 29 April 1975 to reflect Australia’s further involvement in the war during the fall of Saigon in 1975.  The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra now recognise this new date.

Minister for Veterans, John Eren today officially unveiled the new and upgraded Geelong Vietnam Walkway and Commemorative Panel, which pays tribute to the service and sacrifices of Vietnam veterans.

The upgraded Memorial and Walkway on Melbourne Road and Swinburne Street, North Geelong, includes new signage, new trees, a paved walkway for greater accessibility, a panel that honours the 521 Australians who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, and depicting the story of Australia’s involvement in Vietnam.

The upgrade not only provides for appropriate improvements to the surrounds, it reflects the significance of the site as one of the key memorials to the Vietnam War in Victoria, and provides visitors with space to reflect, and commemorate Vietnam veterans.

The Vietnam Veterans Avenue of Honour is the only Avenue specifically commemorating the Vietnam War in Victoria.

The Andrews Labor Government contributed $16,850 towards the upgrade of the Vietnam Memorial Walkway and Commemorative Panel under the Restoring Community War Memorials and Avenues of Honour grant program.

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in the Vietnam War. The Andrews Labor Government has committed $1 million to the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA) Victorian Branch to deliver a program of educational and commemorative activities.
Media Release, Minister for Veterans, 27 May 2016

 

Location

Address:Swinburne Street & Princes Highway, North Geelong, 3220
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.119282
Long: 144.354012
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Walkway
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam
Actual Event Start Date:03-August-1962
Actual Event End Date:29-April-1975
Link:http://www.dva.gov.au/commems_oawg/…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 27th May, 2016
Source: MA, DVA
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