Visiting the Long Tan Cross?
The Long Tan Cross is one of only two memorials to foreign adversaries that have been permitted by the Vietnamese Government. The site is not on public land and access is restricted by local authorities. The Local authorities have appointed the AVVRG as custodians of the site.
From the webmaster: In August 2016, a number of Australians, some of whom live in Vietnam, undertook activities involving the Cross and the Battle of Long Tan which abused the Vietnamese sensitivities. For that reason, access to the site is currently limited and access may be uncertain from here on.
In fact, unconfirmed reports indicate that the Long Tan Cross may be completely removed. If removed, this will be a trajic circumstance and flies in face of the Vietnam Government official recognition of the Memorial in 2002.
Even at the time though, officials laid down protocols to protect remaining sensitivities regarding the presence of and visitation to the Cross.
There are a number of Australians, who for their own self-interest and profit, have flagrantly abused the protocols and have taken what was a great story of loss and survival, then virtually 'stuffed it up the nose' of the vietnamese. Being a Communist Government, with well known but false views of reality, it is hardly surprising that the removal of the Cross could result.
Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are currently in negotiations with the Vietnamese Government to have access to the Cross restored at some level.
It must be said that the Australian Government bears no responsibility for what has occured. Some expatriate and other Australians who have disregarded the protocols over the years, simply so they can profit from the site, are to blame. It is their continual disregard of Vietnamese sensitivities that have closed the site to Australians and others, who simply wish to pay their respects to the fallen.
The Long Tan Cross, April 2008
Rules for visiting the Long Tan Memorial Cross.
Recognition of the Vietnamese sensitivities to past events, including the great loss of life during and after the battle will help maintain access to the Cross.
Apply for permission
No Medals or Uniforms
No large groups
The original Long Tan Cross was housed for approximately thirty years in the Dong Nai Museum in Bien Hoa. Following the events during the 50th anniversary commemorations referred to earlier, the Vietnam Government decided to give the Cross to Australia. It is now a dedicated display at the Australian War Memorial. On 17th Sugust 2018, the AWM presented a history of the battle and the Cross, live streaming same. The following link will allow you access to the presentation.
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