Anger as Long Tan veterans turned away in Vietnam

The Vietnamese Government appears to have reneged on a deal to allow veterans and their families to visit the Long Tan memorial cross, with Australians turned away from the site by local police.

Those turned away included Harry Smith, the commander of D Company, which fought the battle at Long Tan exactly 50 years ago.

Mr Smith said he would return to his hotel and "say a prayer for the soldiers we lost that day".

Another veteran, Dave Sabben, also said he would have a private indoor memorial service, including the Last Post and the Ode, back at his hotel.

Visitors at the site reported long queues of people trying to get near the former battlefield.

Some people were allowed to visit the cross after waits of around three hours, but were only allowed one minute at the memorial site.

A Vietnamese source said police were concerned about security.

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