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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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22 March 2017

Anzac Day resources for schools

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said every school in Australia would receive books and posters to educate students about Australia’s wartime history and commemorate Anzac Day.

Mr Tehan said secondary schools would receive two books: Decision: Stories of leadership in the services about the influence of Australian leaders during wartime and A Bitter Fate: Australians in Malaya and Singapore, December 1941 – February 1942.

The two posters commemorate the centenaries of the Flanders Offensive and the Sinai–Palestine Campaign.

“As a nation we honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have defended our values and freedoms,” Mr Tehan said.

“Part of honouring that sacrifice is encouraging understanding and respect for our military history in the next generation.

“These books and posters will help students learn about our history and the importance of the Anzac legend.”

Schools across Australia will receive the education resources by the end of March. They are supported by online learning activities including a Wartime Snapshot with background information on the posters and these are freely downloadable from the Anzac Portal.

The posters will also be distributed to libraries, ex-service organisations, aged care facilities, hospitals, local councils, and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade overseas missions. High resolution versions of both posters and the Wartime Snapshot can be accessed from the Anzac Portal.

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.