This year's Vietnam Veterans' Day is an important opportunity to reflect on 50 years since the end of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.
Today we commemorate the battle of Long Tan in 1966 when Australian troops experienced one of the toughest battles of the war. They faced an enemy force heavily outnumbering their own, sadly resulting in the loss of 18 lives in a single day.
The day is synonymous with all Australians who served and died in the Vietnam War and has been an official day of commemoration since 1987.
Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs, Adrian Pederick, said he stands alongside Vietnam veterans and their families to acknowledge their sacrifice and dedication to duty.
"As we reflect on 50 years since the end of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, we must ensure that the stories of our veterans are remembered, shared, and honoured for future generations," Mr Pederick said.
"While we take the time to commemorate this significant milestone, we must also recognise the challenges our Vietnam veterans and their families faced both during their service and when they returned home.
"Unfortunately, it took more than a decade for our veterans to receive any form of welcoming, instead being met with hostility by some for their involvement in a challenging time for our country.
"This Vietnam Veterans' Day, let us come together to express our heartfelt appreciation and respect for those who served and sacrificed.
"May we never forget the sacrifices our veterans have made and may we continue to honour their legacy."