Tuesday, 11 August 2015

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


This Saturday marks 70 years since then Prime Minister Ben Chifley declared that the Second World War was officially over with the Japanese Government accepting the Allied Nations’ terms of surrender.

What is now known as Victory in the Pacific Day, or VP Day, will soon be commemorated at a number of events around the country and I would encourage all Australians to consider attending and paying their respects to our Second World War veterans and their families.

Through a $200,000 Australian Government grant, the RSL will deliver ceremonies in each state capital city, as well as Townsville.

For example, in Melbourne a commemorative ceremony will take place at the Shrine of Remembrance beginning at midday while in Brisbane a Gala dinner will be held to reflect the celebrations that took place following Prime Minister Chifley’s 1945 declaration.

Nearly one million Australians served in the Second World War. Around 30,000 were captured as Prisoners of War and about 40,000 would make the ultimate sacrifice and never return home.

The Second World War also marked the first time a foreign nation carried out attacks on Australian soil, with communities in the north being bombed by Japanese forces.

During the Centenary of Anzac period we acknowledge the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations over a century of service. The acknowledgement of the 70th anniversary of the Second World War is an important component of our commemorative agenda.

For information on commemorative events that are taking place close to you, contact your state RSL branch.

Details of state capital city events are:

  • Canberra: midday service at the Australian War Memorial followed by light refreshments
  • Brisbane: 1pm service at the Shrine of Remembrance
  • Adelaide: midday service at the Torrens Parade Grounds followed by a reception
  • Sydney: 10am morning tea followed by a 10.30am service at the Anzac Cenotaph in Hyde Park
  • Melbourne: midday service at the Shrine of Remembrance
  • Perth: 9.30am service at the Perth Cenotaph followed by a reception at 11.15am at State Reception Centre
  • Hobart: 11am service at the Cenotaph.

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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