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.
A series of seven works created by Australian artist David Jolly portraying the Anzac Day centenary Dawn Service on Gallipoli were unveiled today at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Australian War Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson expressed his pride that Memorial visitors would now be able to view the commissioned works.
“The paintings from the Gallipoli Centenary Art Commission capture the pride and commitment of the many thousands of everyday Australians and New Zealanders who made the pilgrimage to the centenary Dawn Service on Gallipoli.