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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Walk

The Official Opening and Blessing of the Memorial Walkway, with inscribed pavers, and Commemorative Panel will be held on Friday 27th May, 11.30am at the Vietnam Memorial on the corner of Melbourne Road and Swinburne Street, North Geelong.
The official opening will celebrate the completion of Stage 2 of the Restoration of the Vietnam Veterans Avenue of Honour.
The opening will be followed by lunch at the Vietnam Veterans Centre, Osborne House, 51 Swinburne St. North Geelong.
We are indebted to the Federal and State Governments, the assistance of the City of Greater Geelong Council and our members and friends for their financial support in the realisation of this significant achievement, in this the 50th anniversary year.

Rieny – President


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Voices Of War-Barwon Heads April 24th

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As an audience member you will not only see Eddie in action you will also be put in the draw to win up to $1000 cash on the day! We provide food and drinks throughout the day and tickets are free.
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Tuesday 8th March – 10:15am arrival
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Those who attend the 10:15am session will have the choice to leave at 4pm or stay till the end and those who attend the 12:20pm session will stay till 5:30pm.
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Minutes of the A.G.M  of the OceanGrove Barwon Heads
 RSL Sub-branch held at Ocean Grove Bowling Club
 on Monday 15th February 2016.
Meeting opened 14.30pm .
President Graham Fisher in the Chair.
Silent Tribute observed.
Pledge of Allegance taken.
Attendance : 57  Apologies : 9
President firstly welcomed new members: Alana Hall, Jordan Hall, Noel Sherwell, Terry Thomas, Michael West and Marjorie Wray. 

Minutes : Secretary read out main points from Minutes AGM 2015.
Copy of Agreement between Council and Park Trust received.
Presidents Report: Graham Fisher gave report on year 2015 in Ocean Grove  Barwon Heads Sub-Branch. He highlighted activities for the year,excellent results from Anzac and Remembrance and all other work  by both Committee and members of the public. He thanked all for their contribution during the year.
Treasurers Report:  Audited report presented and accepted on motion of K.Hankin and D.Gilroy.
Returning Officer Keith Hankin called to Chair:
Keith explained there were 3 vacancies and 3 nominations and as such the following appointments were made:
Secretary: David Gilroy
Publicity: John Dickinson
Ceremonial Officer: Bradley Clarke.
Treasurer: Tony Wheal.
Sub-Branch Auditor:     With the retirement of John Fox as auditor and because of short notice given, new auditor yet to be appointed.
Welfare:  Lola Fisher explained activities for 2015.
Total visits by welfare for year 10746, total hours 6472. Lola thanked her team and looks forward to the challenges of 2016
Appeals:  David Wilkinson explained planning for Anzac badge selling. Correspondence for coming roster will be mainly done by Email those not on internet will receive hard copy.
Publicity:  John gave details of upcoming events. He also asked that everyone who can,support the Sub-Branchs’ use of  Electronic communication
Pensions:  Bob Scott outlined his activity as Pension Officer for Sub-Branch .
Ceremonies:  Brad explained very similar Anzac Day to last year. Times etc the same, Bands the same. More detail at next months meeting. Vietnam Veterans to lead March due to 50 year anniversary of  Long Tan.
General Business:
-Secretary explained next planned Trip by Sub-Branch is to Point RAAF Base Museum on Sunday 3rd April and Tony Wheal will be our guide, Bus would leave at 10.00am  tour 11.30 -12.30 and lunch at Hoppers Club.
-David requested response to latest email sent by Sub-Branch less than successful.
-Latest agreement on Club Signage for Sub-Branch explained.
Raffle $70-  winner  Herbert Tilley
Meeting Closed 3.05pm.
At close of meeting Graham introduced Casey Kennedy from NJF Exercise Physiologists who gave an address on Health and Fitness and Support  for Veterans, their partners and Widows. He explained steps if anyone wanted to avail themselves of the service and that DVA are covering costs

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Media Release
The Hon Philip Dalidakis MLC
Minister for Small Business, Innovation & Trade
Wednesday, 6 January, 2016
Vietnam Veterans who died in the service of their country will be remembered at a poignant commemoration in February as part of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and the Vietnam War.
At 12 noon on 21 February 2016 the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia – Victorian Branch (VVAA Victorian Branch) will coordinate State-wide, simultaneous vigils at the gravesites of Vietnam Veterans buried in Victoria .
Acting Minister for Veterans  Philip Dalidakis and President of the VVAA Victorian Branch Bob Elworthy said 100 Vietnam veterans will participate directly in the vigils, as organisers or presenters, during a visit to the Springvale War Cemetery this morning.
Almost 60,000 Australians including 10,500 Victorians served in the Vietnam War and 521 Australians did not return. 98 Australian veterans who died during active service in Vietnam are buried at gravesites throughout Victoria.
The Andrews Labor Government has committed $1 million over two years to support the VVAA Victorian Branch in developing a thoughtful program of commemorative and educational events for 2016.
Gravesite vigils will take place to encourage the community to better understand and reflect on the Vietnam War – Australia ‘s longest military engagement of the 20th century.
Other  initiatives  to  commemorate  the  anniversary  include  a  Vietnam  War  History  Competition  for  Victorian students, and a $250,000 upgrade of the National Vietnam Veterans Museum at Phillip Island.

For more information on the commemorative and educational activities planned for the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan visit remembers/vietnam or .

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Veterans Philip Dalidakis
“These vigils are just one of many events to commemorate the soth anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan and the Vietnam War.”
Our Vietnam veterans deserve the greatest respect, and we re working hard to ensure all Victorians have the chance to pa y tribute to their sacrifice.
Quotes attributable to President of the VVAA Victorian Branch Bob Elworthy
“This is an important  time to remember the hardships, difficulties  and trauma of the Vietnam War but also to honour those who fought and lived with determination, resilience, mateship and valour.”
The vigils will honour those who did not survive, but the many other commemorative programs will pa y testament to those who have gone on to live strong and honourable lives with friends, families and fellow servicemen and women . 

Media Contact: Matt Macklin 0448 681 521 I matt.macklin@minstaff.vic


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Looking towards 1916 – key events and battles

                                            Looking towards 1916 – key events and battles
As the Centenary of the First World War progresses, we look toward the anniversaries of 1916. Below are the key events and battles that took place with accompanying images and links to the Memorial’s collection.

                                      The Middle East campaign and the Australian Light Horse
13 April – first action of the Australian Light Horse in the Middle East
The 9th Light Horse Regiment captured the Turkish outpost of Jifjaffa in the Sinai and demonstrated their potential for fighting in the Middle East.
3 August – battle of Romani, Egypt
The battle signalled the end of the defence of the Suez Canel and the beginning of a British advance against the Ottoman forces and into Palestine.
21 December – the capture of El Arish
Originally intended as an outpost for the defence of the Suez Canal, El Arish became one of the first steps in the Allied advance on Palestine.
23 December – battle of Magdhaba
The capture of Magdhaba by Chauvel’s Anzac Mounted Division and the Imperial Camel Corps helped open the way for the successful allied campaign in Palestine.
                                                                 Western Front
21 February – the battle of Verdun 
The year 1916 started with a bitter nine-month-long battle between the French and the Germans. More than one million were killed or wounded and French losses at Verdun meant that for the remainder of the war British forces had to bear the burden of the fighting on the Western Front.
20 March 1916 – I ANZAC lands in France
1 July – the battle of the Somme begins
The first day of battle was the single worst day in the history of the British armed forces, with 60,000 men killed or wounded. The battle of the Somme lasted four months and resulted in more than 1,200,000 casualties on both sides.
19 July 1916 – Fromelles
This was the first action in which the Australians were involved on the Western Front. They suffered 5,533 casualties – their greatest losses in a single day.
23 July 1916 – battle of Pozières
As part of the Somme battlefield, Pozières was the scene of several major operations launched by the Australians between 23 July and 5 August.
8 August 1916 – battle for Mouquet Farm
Mouquet Farm, near Pozières, was the focus of nine separate attacks by Australian troops between 8 August and 3 September. Since the fighting in the Somme had begun the Australians had sustained 23,000 casualties.
                                                                    Home front
Recruiting marches take place in New South Wales and Queensland
A recruitment group known as the Men from Snowy River left Delegate, New South Wales, on 6 January 1916 and travelled via Bombala, Cooma, Queanbeyan, and Bungendore to arrive at the training camp in Goulburn on 29 January. This was one of ten recruitment marches to take place across Australia during the First World War in an effort to raise volunteers for the Australian Imperial Force.
24 August – creation of the Australian Comforts Fund (ACF)
The ACF coordinated activities of the various state “patriotic funds”, which were set up to collect money and send comfort parcels to service personnel overseas.
24 August – creation of the Australian Comforts Fund (ACF)
The ACF coordinated activities of the various state “patriotic funds”, which were set up to collect money and send comfort parcels to service personnel overseas.
28 October – first conscription referendum
Dismayed by heavy losses at Fromelles and Pozières, Prime Minister Billy Hughes proposed that conscription be introduced for overseas service. This was narrowly defeated by a referendum in October 1916.
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