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Seymour - Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk




The Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk is the only one of its kind in Australia dedicated to Vietnam Veterans. The Walk has been created using symbolic elements of Vietnam and over 60,000 names of every serviceman and servicewoman who served in the conflict are listed.

The Commemorative Walk commemorates the service of all who played their part in what turned out to be a tumultuous part of Australia’s history. It does, in the interpretive centre, give an accurate history of the times prior to military commitment, the period of our involvement and the aftermath.

The Walk is a meandering red earth path set in native trees and grasses that resemble rubber trees and rice paddies. These two plants are synonymous with Vietnam.

The centre piece of this Walk is the wall, made up of panels of DigiGlass with the name of every Serviceman and Woman who served, in their various capacities in that conflict. The names are separated only by the Service in which they served and are in alphabetical order. The plinths on which the panels stand have holes for you to place Poppies; the effect is to have a field of Poppies under the names. Behind the names is the picture story of the Vietnam conflict.

By all means find the names of loved ones by standing close to the Wall, but also draw back 5 or so metres and look at the pictures behind the names. There is the story of Vietnam in photos, mainly supplied by Veterans.

There are areas of contemplation for people to use along the length of this walk.

There are real parts of history with a Centurion tank , a Huey helicopter, artillery pieces and an M1A1 APC. There are also places to just sit and peacefully reflect.

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This wonderful site is dedicated to all the service people who served in South Vietnam in 1962-1975. The building on site which has nice informative poster displays is a replica of a concert stage built at Nui Dat during the Vietnam War called Luscombe Bowl. The Huey helicopter and Centurion tank should excite youngsters.

A path leads to the Long Tan Cross to commemorate soldiers who lost their lives during the battle of Long Tan on 18th August 1966.

The long commemoration wall is a wonderful tribute. Make sure you notice the background images superimposed over the names of the 60,267 service personnel and 11 tracker dogs who served in South Vietnam. Panel number 73 has the tracker dogs listed. Find the names of family and friends which you know who served in the war. There is unlikely to be many dry eyes as you learn what they had to endure to protect our liberties.

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12 High Street,  Seymour 3660, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
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Map: X910 Ref: M6

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Link www.vietnamvetswalk.org.au



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