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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

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

New Generation to learn the Importance of Commemoration

Dan Tehan, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, has launched a large-format picture book aimed at teaching young Australians about the importance of commemoration.

Minister Tehan said the book, Here they come: A day to remember, is for primary school students up to Year 3. It explores the experiences, feelings and motivations for different members of the community attending a commemorative ceremony.

“Commemorative services mean different things to different communities and individuals, and this book provides a snapshot of responses by a diverse range of Australians,” Minister Tehan said.

“The book explains the difference between commemoration and celebration, as well as the symbols associated with different commemorative events.”

Minister Tehan said Here they come: A day to remember will be distributed to primary schools nationwide in the lead-up to Anzac Day. The book is supported by online learning activities, which align to the Australian Curriculum.

“Teachers will be able to explore Anzac Day to assist their students to appreciate the concept of commemoration and broaden their knowledge of Australia’s wartime history,” Minister Tehan said.

The Anzac Centenary 2014 to 2018 is the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history and provides the platform to educate a new generation about Australia’s wartime history.

“Australian students will learn about the impact of war on Australian communities,” Minister Tehan said.

“These materials will also help them understand the service and sacrifice of all those who have served over the past 100 years, and those who continue to serve the nation in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.”

Each school across Australia will receive the education resource by the end of March 2016. The learning activities are available for free download from the Anzac Portal.

Media enquiries:
Minister Tehan’s Office: 0477 395 356
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.