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Vietnam War Memorial – Seymour

October 2, 2018

This is the first in the series of War Memorials in Victoria. The war memorials will appear in no particular order. However when the series is complete there will be an alphabetical list linking to each War Memorial for easy access.

Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk at Seymour

This Memorial begins with a wall of plaques, outlining details of individual battles such as The Battle of Long Tan and others. This gives a great overview of the history of the Vietnam War. I came away with a much better understanding of this conflict.

The walk commences with a winding path backed by native trees and grasses which represent the rubber trees and rice paddies of Vietnam.

 

The main focus of the walk is the winding, commemorative wall, made of glass, and inscribed with the names of every serviceman and woman who served in the Vietnam War. Behind the names are images of black and white photos, depicting the events of this conflict. I found many of these to be very haunting.

I was truly amazed at how many people served in this war. Both sides of the wall were filled with their names. They number 60,267. Of these, 496 lost their lives. The 11 tracker dogs who served were also memorialised.

Various armed vehicles are installed along the walk. There are also quiet places for private reflection.

Poppies are available at the nearby Tourist Information Centre to be left below this cairn

This Memorial to the Vietnam War can be found at High Street Seymour.

source: o My own field trip and www.http://www.vietnamvetswalk.org

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12 Comments
  1. This is a wonderful memorial to those who served in Vietnam, and especially to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. I especially like that it informs you of the war, as you are reading the names of those who served.

  2. flissie permalink

    Very interesting – must visit when down that way. Photos are good too.

  3. I especially enjoyed this post and look forward to the series. Thank you! ~ Sharon

  4. I’m glad I found this post. I grew up in the US during the Vietnam War era, and I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t Australian troops fought and died as well. Thank you for your post.

    • Thank you for visiting Liz. I’m so pleased that you were able to get something out of this post. Your comment has made my day

  5. What a lovely tribute, Jennifer. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  6. Lawrence Wilson permalink

    Unfortunately not all are listed on the Wall, namely 2000 RAAF personnel who served in UBON Thailand in support of the American bombing effort during the Vietnsam War. These personnel are recognised as serving in the Vietnam War by the Government but are not listed on Vietnam War memorials.

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