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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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Monday, 15 August 2016

Victory in the Pacific Day

Today Australia acknowledges Victory in the Pacific Day, commemorating 71 years since the end of the Second World War.

Nearly one million Australians served in WWII and more than 30,000 became prisoners of war. Almost 40,000 lost their lives and many more were wounded.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians should pause and reflect on the end of the Second World War and the service of our military personnel.

“On Victory in the Pacific Day we remember those who served in defence of our nation. We honour them and pay our respects to the thousands of families who lost a loved one,” Mr Tehan said.

“The war led to significant social change and Australians greeted the coming of peace with a new confidence about their place in the world.

“During the Centenary of Anzac we acknowledge those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations over the past century. The acknowledgement of the end of the Second World War is an important part of our commemorative program.”

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.