We went to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra today to see the Long Tan cross. My Vietnam veteran father stood there a while looking at it before announcing that he’d seen the cross lots of times before. Apparently they used to drive past it all the time in Vietnam!
So… anticlimax there!
It also turns out that one of the men in the famous Long Tan photo that’s everywhere at the War Memorial was one of my father’s friends during the war. He is closest to the cross, on the left of the picture.
It was such a beautiful, sunny, warm day in Canberra, and the War Memorial is a great place. We detoured to see the two most recent Victoria Cross medals too – won by Special Forces soldiers Mark Donaldson and Benjamin Roberts-Smith.