Vietnam Veterans' day 2023

Vietnam Veterans’ Day (18 August) recognises the invaluable contribution of Australians who served in the Vietnam War.

Australia’s involvement in the war formally ended in 1973, making this – the 50th anniversary – a particularly important year to commemorate. More than 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973, with some returning for humanitarian operations in 1975.

Sadly, 523 died, some 3,000 were wounded or fell ill, and – amidst strong anti-war sentiment – many who returned home were treated unfairly by some members of the community.

Vietnam Veterans’ Day is a chance for us all to pay the respects that Vietnam vets were often denied, but always deserved.

Lest we forget.


Point and Shoot photgraph

Vietnam through the photo lens of a veteran

Army veteran and avid photographer Rex Targett shares his story in the lead-up to Vietnam Veterans’ Day. See his photos from the 2022 Point & Shoot exhibition. 


Kel Ryan's photos from the Vietnam War

From conscription to commemoration for kel ryan

Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, veteran Kel Ryan shares his story of service and commemoration. 


Vietnam Veterans' Day

A Day to Embrace The REcognition They Deserve

Like so many others, veteran Roger Collins stepped up to defend his country when the call came to deploy servicemen to Vietnam.


Vietnam Veterans' Day

How the Vietnam War And Battle of Long TaN Shaped Us

On the 50th anniversary of Australia’s official withdrawal from the Vietnam War, we reflect on one of the most defining chapters in our military history.  


Vietnam Veterans Gallery

Explore the gallery of Vietnam veterans and read the stories behind the photos. Proudly supplied by the State Library of Queensland.