Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, says he was delighted to see large crowds in attendance at today’s Anzac Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.
“An estimated 11 500 people attended the National Ceremony and veterans’ march, bringing the total number of people at both Anzac Day ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial to 66 500,” said Dr Nelson.
“Anzac Day is a time for all Australians to come together to commemorate the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and servicewomen in every theatre of war and operational service.
Australians all let us rejoice – for we are young and free.
With a sense of awkward humility, abiding reverence and overwhelming pride, we pause here at the Australian War Memorial - free and confident heirs to a legacy born of idealism, forged in self-sacrifice and passed now to our generation.
We gather in renewed commitment to one another, our nation and the ideals of mankind.
Young Australians and New Zealanders gave their all at Gallipoli, forging in bloody sacrifice the bond within which our two nations now live.
An estimated 55 000 visitors gathered this morning at the Australian War Memorial for the 2016 Anzac Day Dawn Service.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, said he was proud of the commitment and dedication of everyday Australians to the annual commemoration of Anzac Day.
“The attendance at this year’s Dawn Service shows the enduring connection so many people have to Anzac Day and what it represents for our servicemen and servicewomen – and indeed for all Australians,” he said.
The Australian War Memorial today welcomed a CH-47D Chinook helicopter into the National Collection.
Chinook A15-202 was one of the first Australian aircraft deployed to the war in Afghanistan. It operated over four separate rotations, a total of 513 days, carrying Australian and coalition forces into combat environments and undertaking artillery emplacement and battlefield re-supply.
A joint commemorative project between the Australian War Memorial and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been revitalised as part of the Centenary of the First World War.