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Recent DVA Media Releases

May 2022 
80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea04/05/2022
April 202225/04/2022
Australians Gather Around the World to Commemorate Anzac Day25/04/2022
Honouring the Service and Sacrifice of Those Who Defend Our Nation24/04/2022
$400,000 to Help Mark Centenary of Legacy Support20/04/2022
Call for Media Registrations – Anzac Day International Commemorations12/04/2022
Remembering the Fallen in the Battle of Bullecourt11/04/2022
Independent Tribunal to Reconsider Medallic Recognition 
for Rifle Company Butterworth07/04/2022
Dr Brendan Nelson, AO, Appointed to Australian War Memorial Council05/04/2022
March 2022 
Budget 2022 – 23 Delivers Record Investment in Defence and Supporting Our Veterans29/03/2022
New Defence Housing HQ Officially Opens in Gungahlin28/03/2022
The First Battle of Gaza: 105 Years on26/03/2022
$13.7 Million to Support Our Defence Kids13/03/2022
International Anzac Day Services to Recommence in 202212/03/2022
Anzac Day Resources for Our Schools, Ex-Service Organisations and Community Groups10/03/2022
February 2022   
Nominations Open for 2022 Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards28/02/2022
Remembering HMAS Perth: 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait27/02/2022

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Australians Gather Around the World to Commemorate Anzac Day

25 April 2022

Thousands have gathered in Australia and around the world to commemorate Anzac Day and pay tribute to those who have served this nation in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.This year marked the return of international public commemorations for the first time since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.

Anzac Day services have been held in Australia since 1916, with the day formally gazetted as a day of commemoration in every state and territory during the 1920s. Anzac Day pilgrimages to places of significance to Australians who have served is also a long-held tradition, with services held on Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, as early as 1923.

Estimated attendance at Anzac Day domestic and overseas commemorative services

Australian War Memorial Anzac Day Dawn Service, ACT, Australia18,200 people
Anzac Day Dawn Service, Gallipoli, Turkey563 people
Lone Pine Service, Gallipoli, Turkey187 people
Anzac Day Dawn Service, Villers-Bretonneux, France665 people
Anzac Day Service, Hellfire Pass, Thailand450 people
Anzac Day Service, Sandakan, Malaysia85 people *Unfortunately the Service was not open for public attendance this year in accordance with local COVID restrictions
Anzac Day Service, Port Moresby
(Bomana War Cemetery), Papua New Guinea
2,000 people

Honouring the Service and Sacrifice of Those Who Defend Our Nation

The Hon Andrew Gee, MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Minister for Defence Personnel Federal Member for Calare

24 April 2022

Tomorrow, on Anzac Day, our nation will pause to thank all current and former men and women of our Defence force, and to remember the sacrifice of all those Australians who have given their lives in the service of our nation.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Andrew Gee encouraged all Australians to take time out to reflect on our national day of commemoration.“Anzac Day is sacred to Australians, as a time when we honour our nation’s defence personnel who have served across all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations,” Minister Gee said.“We must never forget the more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives for our nation, and all those who have been physically and emotionally wounded, as well as their families.

“It is a day to acknowledge and commemorate the enormous contribution that all of these brave and dedicated Australians have made.Through their service, courage and commitment, they have ensured Australia remains a free and democratic nation. For that we are eternally grateful.The men and women who’ve served our nation through the generations have never asked for much in return. In the end it comes down to one thing – that we never forget what they have done for us.That sacred duty of remembrance currently rests with our generation, and it is a commitment that we will in turn pass onto the next.

“There are many ways to mark Anzac Day, and it is very heartening to see local services returning this year now that COVID restrictions have eased. It will be the first Anzac Day since 2019 that many veterans and families can again come together with their communities for commemorations. This year also sees the return of overseas services, including at Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux.

“No matter how you mark Anzac Day this year – at a Dawn service, at your own home, at your local RSL, or watching the national service on television – I encourage all Australians to pause and reflect on all those who have served, and those who continue to serve. As a grateful nation, we do this, for what they have done and all they have given for us.

“Anzac Day can be a challenging time for veterans and for the families of those who have served, so I would also encourage Australians to reach out to the veterans and their families in your community to ensure they have the support they need.”

Anyone needing support at this time should reach out to Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling on 1800 011 046, or visit the Open Arms website.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Minister Gee’s office: 0459 966 944

DVA Media: 02 6289 6466

Office of the Hon. Andrew Gee, Canberra ACT. For more information on the meaning of Anzac Day, visit the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Anzac Portal.

More information on international Anzac Day services can be found on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.