The second of the proposed six-volume Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post–Cold War Operations was launched at the Australian War Memorial today. The official history is a joint project between the Memorial and the Australian National University.
A collection of private papers from Australia’s First World War corps commander General Sir John Monash was today launched by the Prime Minister, The Hon. Tony Abbott.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson said that Sir John Monash was one of Australia’s most important figures and greatest leaders of the First World War.
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.