Long Tan Cross
The Long Tan Cross Memorial Fund was founded in June 2000 to try to gain
official status for and bring a greater degree of permanence to the Long Tan
Cross . The committee comprised veterans of 6 RAR, the Long Tan Veterans
Association, RSL, AVVRG (both in Australia and Vietnam) and the Navy and Air
Fundraising was commenced shortly afterwards with ex-Service and veterans
organisations targeted in a bid to raise $60,000. In addition to the Cross
renovations, it was considered appropriate to provide funding for some local
road works to assist the local Vietnamese as well as improve access for visiting
The Long Tan Cross within the renovated surrounds
While funds were sought, the AVVRG, with assistance at times from the
Australian Consulate, made approaches and submitted plans to Baria Vung Tau
Peoples Committee and the Union of Friendship. Being a communist country, there
were many committees and many meetings. The proposed road improvements became
less of an issue to the locals, as agreement regarding the Cross renovations
began to emerge.
It was March 2002 when the Long Dat Peoples Committee called a meeting
attended by members from adjoining wards, Police Departments, Foreign Affairs
and the AVVRG. The Chairman declared that all were in agreement that work should
proceed and presented a civil contractor who would do the work. A contract was
duly produced and signed by Rod Burgess of AVVRG and a deposit paid.
The Cross as it was
On the 15th April 2002, representatives of the AVVRG and the Australian
Consulate were invited to a ceremony at the site where the formalities of
official handover were conducted.
On behalf of all Australians, Mr Rod Burgess accepted the beautifully
restored Memorial site and assured the Chairman of the Long Dat Peoples
Committee that visitors to the site would observe the correct protocols.
The Long Tan Cross Memorial Fund Committee, on behalf of all contributors and
veterans, extend sincere thanks and gratitude to the AVVRG, Australian Consulate
(Ho Chi Minh City)and the Vietnamese officials and workmen for a magnificent
The committee also asks that any persons contemplating a visit to the area
observe the protocols listed below.
- It must be remembered that Vietnam is a communist country and that
foreigners cannot change the rules. Even for locals, movement can be
restricted. In a nutshell, if you wish to visit the Long Tan Cross,
you must have a permit. The fastest way of obtaining the correct
documentation is to use a company like VUNG TAU TOURIST COMPANY (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Telephone in country (064) 850110 or Fax (064) 856444. Arrangement can
be made from Australia and confirmed prior to travel. This is a
virtual door to door service and the company is reputable. There are
other companies offering a similar service. The advantage of these
tour companies is that they come with an English speaking guide and
that generally 24 hours notice is sufficient time for them to arrange
permits. Alternatively you can see the Union of Friendship in Vung Tau
where a permit will cost about US$5.00 and take 5-7 days to arrange.
- Groups should not be larger than 20.
- Medals are not appropriate in this environment and should not be worn.
Further information concerning the renovation project can be obtained from
The Long Tan Cross Memorial Fund.
Chairman Kel Ryan Mobile 0418
Secretary Graham Smith Mobile