Expression of Interest to be in ballot to attend 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War - Aug 2016

Expression of Interest 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War - 2016

Commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War will be held in Wellington and Canberra, Australia on 18 August 2016.

Thirty-five New Zealand Vietnam veterans selected in a ballot will travel to Canberra, to participate in commemorations at the Vietnam Forces National Memorial, Anzac Parade on 18 August. Veterans selected to participate will travel to and from Canberra with support from the New Zealand Defence Force.

Thirty veterans will be selected from a general veterans category and five veterans who served with 161 Battery in Vietnam will be selected from a separate category in the ballot.

To be eligible to travel to Canberra for the commemorations, veterans must have served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 (in either the civilian medical team or the New Zealand Armed Forces), have qualified for the relevant Vietnam medallic recognition, and be cleared by their GP for overseas travel.  To be eligible for the 161 Battery category, veterans must also have been posted or attached to 161 Battery on 18 August 1966 and have served on the guns or in the field during the Battle of Long Tan.   

To register your interest, please email to request a registration form.


Postal enquiries can be sent to:           

Vietnam 50th Anniversary Commemorations
c/o Heritage, Commemorations & Protocol Group
Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force
Freyberg House
Private Bag 39997


Expressions of Interest must be postmarked by 24 June 2016