The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
On 7 May 1945, Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Allies and the following day when the surrender came into effect, became known as Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said it was important for all Australians to take a moment tomorrow, on the anniversary of VE Day, to recognise and remember the service personnel who served in the defence of our nation during the Second World War, particularly those who served in the European theatre.
“After more than five years of fighting in Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Atlantic, recently liberated prisoners of war and Australians still serving in this theatre began to return home,” Mr Chester said.
“Celebrations of the day took place around the world and in Australia people welcomed the news, but the mood remained subdued as they remembered the fallen and because the war against Japan continued with no end yet in sight.
“On 9 May 1945, a memorial service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne was attended by over 100,000 people to honour the fallen and give thanks for the victory.
“On the anniversary of VE Day every year, we commemorate the service and sacrifice of all who served in the Second World War and remember the some 10,000 Australians who gave their lives during the war in Europe.”
You can access a wide range of educational resources and learn more about VE Day on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Anzac Portal.
Rachel Tharratt or Cedric Szigeti: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466
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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 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au