The Vietnam Veterans Centre and Museum is at 51 Swinburne Street, North Geelong. It is housed within Osbourne House, the old council offices.
I went to visit the Museum and I was deeply moved by the display and all the information within the Museum. Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War started in 1962, and ended in 1973. Until I went to visit the Museum I was in ignorance of what happened in Vietnam and also of what happened when our soldiers returned home.
I've started to do some reading, after my visit to the Vietnam Veteran's Centre and I'm really interested in what happened in Vietnam. I also feel for the soldiers who returned home, wounded, gassed, living with depression and isolation. The Vietnam War was not a nice war, war never is. The soldiers were treated badly when they returned home and it has taken the Vietnam Veterans a long time to be recognised as Returned Soldiers.
The Museum is open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Vietnam Veterans are welcome to drop in to discuss concerns they may be having or to just hang around in a friendly welcoming environment.
Members can attend a barbecue at the Centre every second Friday. There are also other social and recreational events held from time to time. For any Vietnam Veteran's or their families, The Geelong & District Vietnam Veteran's Centre welcomes you to drop in and say "Gday!"
There is a monument on the corner of Melbourne Road and Swinburne Street, in honor of the Vietnam Veterans. The Vietnam Veteran's Avenue of Honor is also on Melbourne Road. There is signage on both sides of Melbourne Road and the Avenue of Honor runs along both sides of Melbourne Road, from Mackey Street on the Geelong bound side and from the Railway car park on the Melbourne bound side of Melbourne Road.