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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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25 April 2017

Anzac Day 2017

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said on Anzac Day Australians would stop, pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who have defended our nation and our values.

Mr Tehan said Anzac Day 2017 marked the 102nd anniversary of the ANZACs landing at Anzac Cove, beginning an eight-month campaign where more than 50,000 Australians are estimated to have fought, some 8,700 lost their lives and almost 18,000 were wounded.

“Anzac Day is a special day in the life of our country when we reflect on the service and sacrifice of the Australians who have served in our armed forces,” Mr Tehan said.

“In towns and cities around the country and at commemorations around the world, Australians will attend services to salute the bravery, mateship and sacrifice of the men and women who have defended our freedoms and values.

“Anzac Day is a time to reflect on the thousands of Australian lives cut short by war and conflict and the terrible cost paid by families, communities and our nation.

“Today we do not glorify war but we glorify the human spirit and the Australian values that the men and women who have defended us represent.

“We also pay tribute to those members of the Australian Defence Force currently on active service overseas, including in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

“On Anzac Day we honour the thousands of female veterans whose selfless service in conflicts from the Boer War to Australia’s current deployments deserves our recognition and gratitude.

“Many of our female veterans will march in Anzac Day parades across the country wearing the medals they have earned above their left breast pocket.”

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service provides free and confidential counselling 24/7 on 1800 011 046.

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.