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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

MEDIA RELEASE

25 April 2018

Australians show strong support for Anzac Day commemorations

AUSTRALIANS have honoured the sacrifice of our service men and women at hundreds of Anzac Day ceremonies held throughout the country and around the world.

Across Australia, hundreds of thousands of people have attended services in cities and regional communities.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Darren Chester, says 2018 is an important year in which to reflect as it marks 100 years since the last year of the First World War.

“As the last year of the Anzac Centenary, 2018 is an opportunity for Australians to commemorate those who have served our country throughout the last century,” Mr Chester said.

“The year 1918, a century ago, ranks among the most significant years in Australian wartime history.

“It was a year when an Australian military force played an important role in the main theatre of a major war, against the main enemy and made a material contribution to the Allied victory.

“While Australia’s infantry divisions fought on the Western Front in 1918, Australian mounted troops and airmen also made an important contribution to the Allied victory over the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East.

“In 1918, those who served did so for the British Empire and to protect Australia. The sacrifices they made on the Western Front a hundred years ago will never be forgotten.”

Estimated attendance at Anzac Day domestic and overseas commemorative Dawn Services:

  • 38000 Australian War Memorial Anzac Day Dawn Service, ACT, Australia
  • 1178 Anzac Day Dawn Service, Gallipoli, Turkey
  • 8127 Anzac Day Dawn Service, Villers-Bretonneux, France
  • 1190 Anzac Day Service, Hellfire Pass, Thailand
  • 245 Anzac Day Service, Sandakan, Malaysia
  • 500 Anzac Day Service, Isurava, Papua New Guinea
  • 3260 Anzac Day Dawn Service, Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
  • The Centenary of the Battle of Bullecourt, France (the commemorative service will be held at 11pm EAST)

Resources

Support for Veterans

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) – 1800 011 046
VVCS can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for support and free and confidential counselling.

If you would like to connect to VVCS while overseas please call +61 8 8241 4546 (Please note that standard international call costs will apply.)

Department of Veterans’ Affairs At-Ease mental health web portalhttp://at-ease.dva.gov.au

ENDS

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Whil Prendergast: 0427 672 815
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466
Office of the Hon. Darren Chester, Canberra ACT.

Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au