Saturday, 25 April 2015 was the 100th anniversary of the landings of the ANZACs on the beaches of Gallipoli.

Ms Frances Massing took this amazing photograph of the ANZAC Dawn Service at the Long Tan Cross.

Ms Massing has captured an iconic image to record the commemoration of an extraordinary event in Australia’s and New Zealand’s history.

Note: Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan which occurred on 18 August 1966. In Australia, 18 August is now formally commemorated as Vietnam Veterans’ Day.

Below is an edited extract from the Australian War Memorial’s website regarding Vietnam Veterans’ Day (by Libby Stewart)

Vietnam Veterans Day is commemorated on 18 August every year. The day was originally known as Long Tan Day, chosen to commemorate the men of D Company, 6RAR who fought in the battle of Long Tan in 1966. On that day, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation not far from the small village of Long Tan. The Australians prevailed, but only after fighting in torrential rain for four hours…

Eighteen Australians lost their lives and 24 were wounded, the largest number of casualties in one operation since the Australian task force had arrived a few months earlier…

On the third anniversary of Long Tan, 18 August 1969, a cross was raised on the site of the battle by the men of 6RAR. Veterans from the battle gathered at the cross to commemorate the fallen, and the day was commemorated by them as Long Tan Day from then on…

In 1987, following the very successful Welcome Home parade for Vietnam veterans in Sydney, Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced that Long Tan Day would be known as Vietnam Veterans Day. Since then, it has been commemorated every year as the day on which the service of all those men and women who served in Vietnam is remembered.

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2015 ANZAC Dawn Service, Long Tan Cross, by Frances Massing

2015 ANZAC Dawn Service, Long Tan Cross, by Frances Massing