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The Hon Darren Chester MP
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12 September 2018
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Honouring women's contribution to our defence

COMMUNITY, business, political and Defence leaders have come together to honour women whose lives and families have been affected by their service with the Australian Defence Force at a Wreath Laying Ceremony and National Dinner Event in Canberra.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester paid tribute to current and ex-serving women, as well as the mothers, wives, sisters, children and widows of serving personnel.

"Women have played and continue to play an invaluable role in Australia's rich military history, serving in various roles for more than a century," Mr Chester said.

"The work you do paves the way for more to follow in your path and is inspiring a new generation of women to continue your strong legacy.

"It's especially important to commemorate those women who gave their lives in service of our country. Today we pay tribute to Norma Violet Mowbray, who served with the Australian Army Nursing Service and died of pneumonia in Egypt in 1916, aged 32.

"I also acknowledge the sacrifices that families make behind the scenes and recognise that the home front is just as important as the front line. I am in awe of the generous support the War Widows' Guild and its many volunteers provide families throughout Australia."

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) has been a key supporter of the events and was an enthusiastic member of the organising committee led by the War Widows' Guild.

"We are committed to putting veterans and their families first and together we can reach a better understanding of the needs of women who have been affected by Defence service."

Visit DVA's Flickr album of photos from the Last Post Ceremony and dinner event, entitled Honouring Women United by Defence Service (11 September 2018).

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Whil Prendergast: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466
Office of the Hon Darren Chester MP, Canberra

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.