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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Minister for Defence Materiel
Tehan honoured to represent Australia at Gallipoli Dawn Service
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Dan Tehan, will travel to Turkey to represent Australia at the official Anzac Day ceremonies at Gallipoli.
Mr Tehan will take part in the Dawn Service at Gallipoli on Anzac Day and attend a formal wreath-laying at Lone Pine and a memorial service for New Zealand veterans. He will also attend services which honour Turkish, Commonwealth and Irish, French and international forces that fought at Gallipoli.
Mr Tehan said Anzac Day was one of the most important dates on the Australian calendar.
“As Australians we must never forget the sacrifice of our service men and women — we have a proud military history that we commemorate on Anzac Day,” Mr Tehan said.
“The tradition of the Gallipoli Dawn Service is a fitting reminder of the sacrifices made for our country and the values and ideals we hold so dear.
“I am honoured to represent Australia at Gallipoli where the Anzac legend was born.”
Byron Vale (Minister Tehan’s Office) 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203
- Further information about Anzac Day and the Anzac Centenary can be found on the Anzac Centenary website at anzaccentenary.gov.au/.
- Australians are invited to join share how they mark Anzac Day on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnzacCentenary, or on twitter.com/DVAAUS with #Anzac100 #AnzacDay and #Somme100.
- Education resources: anzacportal.dva.gov.au
- Media background materials: http://www.dva.gov.au/about-dva/media-centre.
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