This Sunday, local veterans of the Vietnam War and members of the wider community will gather to pay their respects to those who served.
Vietnam Veterans Day is held on the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, the most recognised battle of Australia's involvement in the conflict.
On that day in 1966, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought against a force of 2500 people for hours in torrential rain.
They prevailed, but 18 Australians were killed and 24 injured; at least 245 Viet Cong soldiers also died.
Over the course of the war, almost 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam and 521 died, with more than 3000 wounded.
This year, the Bendigo commemorative service will take place not at the Soldiers Memorial Institute, but in the Bendigo RSL Sub-branch's memorabilia garden at its Havilah Road club.
President of the Bendigo sub-branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, Paul Penno, said the decision to move the service was made due to ease of access for veterans and the availability of parking.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the service.
The event will begin at 10.45am on Sunday, August 18.
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