75 stories in 75 days — the Second World War 75 years on

Monday, June 1 2020

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel

Tomorrow marks the 75 day countdown to when Australia will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on 15 August — also known as Victory in the Pacific Day.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said this year we have a unique opportunity to capture and share the stories of Australians who served and experienced the Second World War.

“Some one million Australians served in the Second World War and remarkably around 12,000 veterans are still with us today — each of whom have a unique story to tell,” Mr Chester said.

“From tomorrow, in the lead-up to the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, a radio and social media series ‘75 days, 75 stories’ will share a story about the experiences of those impacted by the Second World War — from veterans to widows and those on the home front.

“Our Second World War veterans left a powerful legacy and it is our responsibility to ensure their stories live on through generations to come, which is why I will be sharing 75 stories over the next 75 days on social media.

“I encourage Australians to share these stories, those of their own loved ones’ service, or perhaps events which you can recall or have been passed down through the generations from the Second World War.

“Together we can all honour and remember those who served in the Second World War and protected Australia from a very real threat.”

Follow Darren Chester MP on Facebook and Twitter to hear the 75 stories over 75 days.

The radio segments are available upon request from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) or can be found at 75 days, 75 stories. A new segment will be made available each day.

To ensure we can share the stories of these great men and women as widely as possible, all Australians are encouraged to use #OneInAMillion in their social media posts.

Further information and announcements about commemorating the end of the Second World War on 15 August will be made available closer to the date.

Five World War Two ex-prisoners of war veterans with Liz Cosson, DVA Secretary and the Honourable Darren Chester, Minister of Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel. There are two male Australian Army officers and one man dressed in a suit and tie and bowler hat. They are at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

Media Contacts

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