An estimated 38,000 visitors gathered this morning at the Australian War Memorial for the 2017 Anzac Day Dawn Service.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, said he was proud of the continuing 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,” Dr Nelson said.
The Commanding Officer of HMAS Darwin, Commander Phillip Henry, today officially presented two AK-47s seized during Operation MANITOU to the Australian War Memorial.
The Australian War Memorial has purchase two headstones to ensure the dignity of two Australian war heroes is maintained.
The Memorial purchased the original grave markers for Private Benjamin Hardy and Private Ralph Jones, who were posthumously awarded the George Cross for their actions during the infamous breakout of Japanese prisoners of war at the Cowra prison camp during the Second World War.
The Memorial acquired the headstones from the Cowra War and Rail Museum via Burns and Co Auctioneers on 1 April this year.
A rare silk carpet from the Ottoman Empire, made to commemorate the Turkish victory at Çanakkale, has been acquired by the Australian War Memorial.
In the lead up to Anzac Day, the Australian War Memorial has acquired a painting by celebrated artist Sidney Nolan relating to Australian service on Gallipoli during the First World War.
The work depicts stretcher-bearer John Simpson Kirkpatrick and his donkey, and is inscribed on the back with the words: “Gallipoli painting, property of Maie Casey. Maie with love from Sidney”