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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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17 February 2017

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor

On Sunday 19 February it will be 75 years to the day since World War II reached the shores of Australia when Darwin was bombed.

More than 240 people died, ships were sunk and buildings destroyed as Darwin was attacked.

Over the coming months, other towns across Australia’s north were bombed, including Katherine, Broome, Townsville, Wyndham, Exmouth, Derby, Horn Island and Cairns.

In total there were 97 air attacks on northern Australia, including 64 on Darwin.

Military personnel and civilians showed great courage and resilience during the attacks and we continue to honour the men and women who fought and died.

Today we should reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our defence forces and the values they fight to defend.

And we should be grateful that war has not visited these shores since.

Dan Tehan
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
[via email]
17 February 2017

 

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