Vietnam vets honoured with new stamp issue
IN HONOUR of those who served in the Vietnam War, Australian Post has released five new stamps that depict the bravery and human side of war.
Melbourne-based studio Andrew Hogg Design created the five $1 stamps that include overarching themes such as: servicemen in the field; Long Tan Cross; recreation and aid by Australian troops; public opposition to the war and the withdrawal of Australian troops; and the commemoration of those who served in Vietnam.
Australia Post philatelic manager Michael Zsolt said it was an honour to present this stamp issue, joining Australians in the commemoration and reflection on those who served during the Vietnam War.
"This stamp issue is the third in a five-year program focusing on those who have served the nation in conflicts since World War I,” he added.
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA) national president Ken Foster OAM JP said he felts honoured that Australia Post was commemorating those who served in Vietnam in this way.
"The VVAA remains a volunteer body, with a sole interest in the welfare of veterans and the families of veterans,” Mr Foster said.
"This stamp issue is a way to remember, interpret and relate the experience of the veterans of the Vietnam era and the enduring impact of the war on society.”
The A Century of Service: Vietnam War stamp issue is available now at participating Post Offices, via mail order by phoning 1800 331 794 and online at http://www.auspost.com.au/stamps while stocks last.
Originally known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day was established to commemorate the end of World War hostilities and the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918, at 11.11am.
It is a way of remembering those who died, especially soldiers with no known grave.
Armistice Day became known as Remembrance Day after the end of World War II in 1945, when the Australian and British governments changed the name to commemorate all war dead.
* The Vietnam War (1955-75) was fought between North and South Vietnam. In 1962 Australia entered the war and did not withdraw until 1971. The nation's longest conflict of the 20th century.
- Almost 60,000 Australians, including ground troops, air force and navy personnel served, resulting in the loss of 521 Australian servicemen and over 3000 wounded.
- It is the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan which happened in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, on August 18, 1966.