Media Release: Wednesday 18 June 2014
Today the Australian War Memorial received the Victoria Cross and full medal group of one of our most decorated Vietnam veterans, Warrant Officer Class 2 Keith Payne VC OAM.
Mr Payne received the Victoria Cross for his courageous actions on the night of 24 May 1969 as commander of 212th Company of the 1st Mobile Strike Force Battalion.
Australians and Canadians have a shared experience forged in war. They have served together since the First World War, where they fought on the Somme and in Flanders on the Western Front. In the Second World War Australia and Canada contributed aircrew to the war in the skies over Europe and participated in D-Day operations during the Normandy campaign. Australians and Canadians fought together in Korea and in Afghanistan, and both continue to maintain a presence in peacekeeping operations throughout the world.
Commemorative coin to mark 70th anniversary of “G for George” retirement
In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the retirement of the Avro Lancaster W4783 “G for George”, currently on display at the Australian War Memorial, the Royal Australian Mint has produced a commemorative collectible coin to mark the occasion.
The release also coincides with the annual Bomber Command wreathlaying ceremony held on the Memorial grounds this Sunday 1 June 2014.
Award-winning Australian artist Ben Quilty and the Australian War Memorial are generously donating to the charity Soldier On the proceeds of limited edition prints of some of Quilty’s artworks from Afghanistan.
The Australian War Memorial commissioned Ben Quilty as an official war artist in Afghanistan in 2011 to interpret the experiences of Australian Defence Force personnel.
The limited edition prints are part of his work currently touring Australia in an exhibition titled Ben Quilty: after Afghanistan.
A record 25,500 visitors attended the Anzac Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial today – an 8,000 increase on last year.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, says he’s delighted with the attendance figures for Australia’s most significant national occasion.
“Today is the biggest Anzac Day commemoration we have ever experienced at the Australian War Memorial. Obviously, people wanted to show their support of the commemoration of 99 years since the landing on Gallipoli,” Dr Nelson said.