Thursday, 18 June 2015

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today announced arrangements for the 100th anniversary commemoration for the August Offensive at Lone Pine, Gallipoli in Turkey on 6 August 2015.

The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine will be a significant event and provide Australians with a further opportunity to visit the Gallipoli Peninsula and Turkey during 2015.  Australians are encouraged to register their intention to attend the service from today at www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au.

Senator Ronaldson said the Lone Pine service would commemorate the contribution of more than 50,000 Australians who served at Gallipoli during the eight month campaign and the some 8,700 who died there.

“The Battle of Lone Pine saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Gallipoli campaign, with more than 2,000 Australian casualties over four days and seven Victoria Crosses awarded for bravery,” Senator Ronaldson said.

The maximum capacity for the Lone Pine ceremony will be 5,000 people and the commemorative service will commence at 5pm local time.  Australians planning to attend the commemoration are encouraged to arrive early due to road closures from 3pm and to secure a seat as capacity restrictions will be in place.

“Just as there was on Anzac Day and due to the nature of the site there will be limited space available for attendees.  While registering will not guarantee a place, it will ensure visitors receive important information and updates regarding the commemoration.”

“It is important that those who are planning to attend the August 6 service register their intentions so that they can be kept up to date with important information about the event.”

“The Australian Government is grateful to the Turkish Government for supporting our request to hold this special commemorative service, and we are working together to ensure a dignified and respectful commemorative service,” Senator Ronaldson said.

The Lone Pine service will be the second 100th anniversary service on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 2015.

To register for Lone Pine commemorations, or for further information, visit www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au.

Media enquiries:

Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

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

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