HONOR AND FREEDOM. Today is Long Tan Day, and no that is not a reference to soaking up the sun to bolster your color in a sundress or khaki shorts. Long Tan Day is a historic day which is meant to honor those brave soldiers who fought and fell at the Battle of Long Tan on Aug. 18, 1966, during the Vietnam War.
Conflicts involving the northern and southern states of Vietnam boiled over after the rise of communism and the end of World War II leading to the Vietnam War breaking out in 1955. When a northern Vietnamese patrol boat torpedoed the USS Maddox in 1964, President Johnson called for airstrikes on Viet Cong boats resulting in the US entering the war as an ally to the southern states fighting for democracy.