Visitors have descended on the Australian War Memorial in record numbers in 2015, with more than 1.14 million people seeking to commemorate the service and sacrifice of past and present defence personnel thus far.
Director of the Memorial Dr Brendan Nelson said the overwhelming attendance numbers demonstrate the importance Australians place on commemoration of not only those from the First World War but all conflicts past and present.
The Australian War Memorial has published a new study by military historian Chris Clark which provides a brief history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service in Australia’s defence forces.
The study, Indigenous service in Australia’s armed forces in peace and war: an overview, demonstrates the breadth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s service in every conflict and commitment involving Australia since Federation, including both world wars.
The Australian War Memorial today announced that prominent Australian businessman and respected philanthropist, Kerry Stokes AC, has been appointed as Chair of the Memorial’s Council.
Mr Stokes was elected to the Chair’s position at a Council meeting conducted in Canberra on 10 November. Rear-Admiral Ken Doolan completed his term as Chairman of the Council on 11 November 2015.
One of Australia’s most highly respected and pre-eminent business leaders and philanthropists, Kerry Stokes is the Executive Chairman of Seven West Media.
At 11 am today, the nation paused for Remembrance Day – the 97th anniversary of the end of the First World War on 11 November 1918. The guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.
On this day each year, people across the globe observe one minute’s silence in memory of those who have died or suffered in war and armed conflict, a tradition the Australian War Memorial continues in its National Ceremony.
In Canberra, about 3900 people braved the wet weather to attend the Remembrance Day National Ceremony.
Heavy rainfall overnight has affected audio visual exhibits at the Australian War Memorial’s Anzac Hall, resulting in its closure while an assessment of any possible water damage is made.
The remainder of the Memorial galleries will be open to the public and fully operational.
In the interests of safety, public are advised that the lower level of Anzac Hall will not be accessible while the assessment takes place.