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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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8 May 2017

Victory in Europe remembered 72 years on

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said Australians would reflect on the 72nd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, which marked the end of the Second World War hostilities in Europe.

“Fighting in Europe and the Mediterranean came at a great cost to Australia with some 10,000 lives lost, almost 10,000 wounded and almost 8,000 prisoners of war,” Mr Tehan said.

“Australian men and women served in European and the Mediterranean theatres from the beginning of hostilities in September 1939 and while the majority were re-deployed to the Pacific after Japan entered the war, many Australians continued to fight in the European theatre until Germany’s surrender.

“We must never forget the significance of victory in Europe and the service and sacrifice of the men and women who made it happen.”

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale 0428 262 894
DVA Media: Dale Starr 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.