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War Memorial Project Underway in Murray Bridge

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Granite plinths for Murray Bridge's new War Memorial have been erected at Sturt Reserve.

The three black stones feature gold emblems of the Navy, Army and Airforce, a list of each war and the message, "To all who served and those who made the supreme sacrifice - Lest We Forget".

There is more construction work to be undertaken until the memorial is complete and the local RSL is anticipating a November 1st unveiling.

In the meantime, veterans, their families and members of the public are invited to commemorate Vietnam Veterans' Day on Sunday 18 August at the Murray Bridge RSL from 11am.

The day offers reflection for Australians on our country's involvement in the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1975 in which 60,000 Australians served and 521 did not return.

August 18 also marks the anniversary of one of the most well-known Australian engagements of the Vietnam War: the Battle of Long Tan.

The battle saw the action of 108 ANZACS against a Viet Cong (North Vietnamese) force estimated between 1,500 and 2,500. The Battle was one of the heaviest conflicts of the Vietnam War as well as one the few battles in the recorded history of the world to be won against such odds.

Photo of Murray Bridge War Memorial under construction, by Jennie Lenman 10 August 2020