I rise today to contribute to the recognition of those who fought at the Battle of Coral-Balmoral in Vietnam in 1968. Sir, 12 May 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Coral-Balmoral, and the commemoration service took place that morning in front of the Vietnam War Memorial at the Torrens Parade Ground. The Premier, as Minister for Veterans' Affairs, presented a ministerial statement on 10 May 2018 in the other place before attending the commemorative service on 12 May, along with some of our parliamentary colleagues in the other place.
We are shaped by our heroes and our villains; our triumphs and our failures… As individuals and as a nation, every layer of experience shapes us, and in ways that we do not fully comprehend at the time.”
On 13 May 2018, federal Minister for Veterans' Affairs, the Hon. Darren Chester MP, stated the Battles for Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral were among the largest and most protracted battles fought by Australians in the Vietnam War and that those who fought 'displayed collective gallantry which is worthy of the Unit Citation for Gallantry'. The Unit Citation for Gallantry is awarded to a unit for extraordinary courage in action and it is a great honour that this recognition was finalised on the 50th anniversary of this battle.
Again, this chamber pays tribute and respect to those who have served and those who have sacrificed. We will remember them.