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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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25 May 2017

Honouring the veterans of Milne Bay and Kokoda and the Beachheads

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan is calling for nominations from Australian veterans who served in the Battles of Milne Bay, and Kokoda and the Beachheads to attend the commemorations for the 75th anniversaries of the battles.

“On the 75th anniversaries of the Battles of Milne Bay, and Kokoda and the Beachheads we will reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served in the Southwest Pacific during the Second World War,” Mr Tehan said.

“These commemorations are aimed at showing the nation’s gratitude to the veterans of Milne Bay, and Kokoda and the Beachheads for their brave service in defence of our nation and values.”

Nominations are open to Australian veterans who served in Milne Bay between 25 August and 7 September 1942 to attend the 75th anniversary commemoration in Canberra on Friday 25 August 2017.

Nominations are also open to Australian veterans who served on the Kokoda Track and the battles for the beachheads at Buna, Gona and Sanananda between 22 July and January 1943 to attend the 75th anniversary commemoration, to be held in Canberra on 2 November 2017.

Both anniversaries will be commemorated with a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Veterans who served in both theatres of war are welcome to apply to attend both commemorations. Nominations will close on Friday 23 June 2017.

Details about the commemorations in Canberra and the nomination process are available on the DVA Website. Alternatively you can contact DVA on 02 6289 6057 during business hours.

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.