During the service, which also commemorated the 49th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, Minister Elliott placed a wreath at the Cenotaph in Martin Place in remembrance of the 521 Australian lives that were lost during the war.
Minister Elliott said while we commemorate the bravery of Vietnam veterans, it is important not to forget that these heroes did not get the proper recognition they deserved when they returned home.
“No Australian soldier should ever be treated the way the Vietnam veterans were when they returned home from active service and it is something I will do my best to ensure never happens again,” Mr Elliott said.
“It’s important to honour their bravery and commitment and I would like to personally thank the veterans and their families for their service.
“I would encourage anyone who knows a Vietnam veteran to personally thank them for their service. Australians will always be indebted to anyone who wears a uniform and risks their life representing this great country.”